Eating Together Poem by Li-Young Lee

Eating Together

Rating: 4.0


In the steamer is the trout
seasoned with slivers of ginger,
two sprigs of green onion, and sesame oil.
We shall eat it with rice for lunch,
brothers, sister, my mother who will
taste the sweetest meat of the head,
holding it between her fingers
deftly, the way my father did
weeks ago. Then he lay down
to sleep like a snow-covered road
winding through pines older than him,
without any travelers, and lonely for no one.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Walterrean Salley 23 November 2016

(Eating Together by Li-Young Lee.) **A wistful meal for the poet.

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Madathil Rajendran Nair 13 March 2015

A fantastic poem that can be interpreted a million ways. Yes, the last lines moves and that snow-covered road imagery is truly fantastic. 10+++++++++++

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Walter Durk 02 October 2007

This is a nice expression.

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Anne Manuel 21 July 2006

he lay down to sleep like a snow-covered road.. Very good imagery

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Michael Shepherd 18 March 2005

The last four lines had me in tears.

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