poet Louise Gluck

Louise Gluck

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First Memory

Long ago, I was wounded. I lived
to revenge myself
against my father, not
for what he was--
for what I was: from the beginning of time,
in childhood, I thought
that pain meant
I was not loved.
It meant I loved.

Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

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  • BIr mütercimli (10/14/2020 10:19:00 AM)

    9 satır için mi uğraşacağız mk

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (10/11/2020 1:06:00 AM)

    love
    in twisted pains;
    wounded in confusional terms of life!

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  • P A Noushad (10/9/2020 1:26:00 AM)

    Your verses open my mind and inspire me.

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  • P A Noushad (10/9/2020 1:17:00 AM)

    The twist ending of the poem is very attractive, Louise Gluck .

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  • Ace Elphick (10/8/2020 1:13:00 PM)

    A simple but profound insight. Poetry at its best.

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  • Alex SarichAlex Sarich (7/27/2020 11:42:00 AM)

    its a wonderful write.

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  • Elijah BagumaElijah Baguma (6/19/2017 7:50:00 AM)

    I do love the perspective.

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  • Erin Song (3/1/2016 11:09:00 PM)

    I like the twist ending

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  • Abdulrazak AralimattiAbdulrazak Aralimatti (10/14/2015 1:44:00 PM)

    Verily, a regret and repent with self realization......10

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (10/14/2015 10:43:00 AM)

    With twists and turns it has depth and meaningful ink. Loved it.

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  • Kay Staley (10/14/2015 10:43:00 AM)

    Wow. Very nice. It seems to say that the deepest pain you can ever feel, is love for someone else. You can deal with not being loved, but it kills you to love someone.

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (10/14/2015 10:24:00 AM)

    Fantastic twist of words to derive very deep meaning to love and pain. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (10/14/2015 9:47:00 AM)

    The words seem to carry the pain of the outrage suffered by the poet in his childhood. A very truthful description of frustration which ends on an optimistic note- I was not loved / It meant I loved.

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (10/14/2015 9:04:00 AM)

    Wonderful! Such deep insight of emotional understanding.

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (10/14/2015 4:07:00 AM)

    Nature is full of the scars of life. Nice work.

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  • Colleen Courtney (5/14/2014 9:14:00 PM)

    An interesting introspective write.

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