Li-Young Lee

Li-Young Lee Poems

1. Immigrant Blues 6/8/2015
2. Little Father 10/20/2015
3. Arise, Go Down 3/11/2015
4. One Heart 2/19/2015
5. The Hammock 1/24/2015
6. Pillow 7/21/2006
7. With Ruins 1/13/2003
8. The Father's House 1/13/2003
9. The Sacrifice 1/13/2003
10. Nativity 1/13/2003
11. For A New Citizen Of These United States 1/13/2003
12. My Indigo 1/13/2003
13. This Hour And What Is Dead 1/13/2003
14. Dreaming Of Hair 1/13/2003
15. This Room And Everything In It 1/13/2003
16. Braiding 1/13/2003
17. Out Of Hiding 1/13/2003
18. Visions And Interpretations 1/13/2003
19. Early In The Morning 1/13/2003
20. Eating Alone 1/13/2003
21. Eating Together 1/13/2003
22. The City In Which I Loved You 1/13/2003
23. A Story 1/13/2003
24. I Ask My Mother To Sing 1/13/2003
25. The Gift 1/13/2003
26. From Blossoms 1/13/2003
Best Poem of Li-Young Lee

From Blossoms

From blossoms comes
this brown paper bag of peaches
we bought from the joy
at the bend in the road where we turned toward
signs painted Peaches.

From laden boughs, from hands,
from sweet fellowship in the bins,
comes nectar at the roadside, succulent
peaches we devour, dusty skin and all,
comes the familiar dust of summer, dust we eat.

O, to take what we love inside,
to carry within us an orchard, to eat
not only the skin, but the shade,
not only the sugar, but the days, to hold
the fruit in our hands, adore it, then bite into
the ...

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I Ask My Mother To Sing

She begins, and my grandmother joins her.
Mother and daughter sing like young girls.
If my father were alive, he would play
his accordion and sway like a boat.

I've never been in Peking, or the Summer Palace,
nor stood on the great Stone Boat to watch
the rain begin on Kuen Ming Lake, the picnickers
running away in the grass.

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