Louise Gluck

New York / United States
Louise Gluck
New York / United States
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Early Darkness

Rating: 3.4
How can you say
earth should give me joy? Each thing
born is my burden; I cannot succeed
with all of you.

And you would like to dictate to me,
you would like to tell me
who among you is most valuable,
who most resembles me.
And you hold up as an example
the pure life, the detachment
you struggle to acheive--

How can you understand me
when you cannot understand yourselves?
Your memory is not
powerful enough, it will not
reach back far enough--

Never forget you are my children.
You are not suffering because you touched each other
but because you were born,
because you required life
separate from me.
COMMENTS
P A Noushad 15 October 2020
The feeling of love and affection I experience when I go through Louise Gluck.
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Adeeb Alfateh 26 July 2019
when you cannot understand yourselves? Your memory is not powerful enough, it will not reach back far enough- GREATLY TOUCHED ME GREAT 10++++++
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Carlos Echeverria 26 May 2017
Love the badass vibe of this poem.
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Susan Williams 26 May 2017
I am going to have to read more of her poems- -she is quite provocative and stand-in-your-face. No shilly-shallying here.
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Good poem about motherhood and letting go...
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Glen Kappy 26 May 2017
don't know if louise gluck in this poem is representing herself or another woman, but it seems to me she is representing- almost charicaturing- a jewish mother. -gk
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Edward Kofi Louis 26 May 2017
My burden! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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Such an interesting poem..... thanks for posting....
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Colleen Courtney 14 May 2014
Find this poem invokes deep thoughts to ponder in the reader.
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Dawn Fuzan 11 May 2014
Nice one
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