Louise Gluck

New York / United States
Louise Gluck
New York / United States
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A Fantasy

Rating: 3.8
I'll tell you something: every day
people are dying. And that's just the beginning.
Every day, in funeral homes, new widows are born,
new orphans. They sit with their hands folded,
trying to decide about this new life.

Then they're in the cemetery, some of them
for the first time. They're frightened of crying,
sometimes of not crying. Someone leans over,
tells them what to do next, which might mean
saying a few words, sometimes
throwing dirt in the open grave.

And after that, everyone goes back to the house,
which is suddenly full of visitors.
The widow sits on the couch, very stately,
so people line up to approach her,
sometimes take her hand, sometimes embrace her.
She finds something to say to everbody,
thanks them, thanks them for coming.

In her heart, she wants them to go away.
She wants to be back in the cemetery,
back in the sickroom, the hospital. She knows
it isn't possible. But it's her only hope,
the wish to move backward. And just a little,
not so far as the marriage, the first kiss.
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COMMENTS
Gangadharan Nair Pulingat 03 November 2020
This is a great poem about the death of dear ones and their grieving family members. The emotion in the situation is truly said by the great poet and likes.
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John W. Allen 31 October 2020
I recently lost my best friend, my companion and my wife. I am a widower who feels exactly as the widow in this poem. I must accept condolences but want to be alone with feeling my wife's memory and her presence in the home we shared together.
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Balabhadra Tripathy 21 October 2020
A very powerful poem. Emotionally touching. It is about sad occasion which is very much real.
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Vinicio 17 October 2020
Beautiful, moving, thank you for planting poetry in the garden of life
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Noushin 13 October 2020
And if the love had ruined years before death happened
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Imran safvi 10 October 2020
A hear touching imaginations sketching a widows emotions and thoughts
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Bailey SW 08 October 2020
The poem echo with my heart Reminds me of the whole process of mourning. It’s so authentic Thx
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P A Noushad 08 October 2020
Excellent
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Robert Murray Smith 08 October 2020
Congratulations on the award of Poet Laureate 2020.
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P Merrick 08 October 2020
The beginning of grief . exactly
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