Five For Country Music Poem by Lisel Mueller

Five For Country Music

Rating: 3.4

I. Insomnia

The bulb at the front door burns and burns.
If it were a white rose it would tire of blooming
through another endless night.

The moon knows the routine;
it beats the bushes from east to west
and sets empty-handed. Again the one
she is waiting for has outrun the moon.

II. Old Money

The spotted hands shake as they polish the coins.

The shiny penny goes under the tongue,
the two silver pieces
weighted by pyramids
will shut down the eyes.

All the rest is paper,
useless in any world but this.

III. Home Movie

She knows that walk, that whistle, that knock.

It's the black wolf who sticks
his floured paw underneath the door.

She tries not to open. One look at his face
and she'll drop the gun. He will pick it up
and turn it on her where she waits,
her eyes shining, her hands over her head.

IV. Golden Boy

Whitewashed, the eyes refuse you.

And so the mouth must be serene,
the muscles play, the body
take an easy stance

to divert you from the two
boarded-up chambers
where someone has died.

V. Washing Day

Each year her laundry line gets lighter.
One by one they disappear,
ten little Indians. They take their socks,
their jeans, their stiff plaid shirts.

Above the Ford on its concrete blocks,
striped and zippered,
her cotton dress flutters on and on.

Colleen Courtney 17 May 2014

Five great little enjoyable reads!

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Deluke Muwanigwa 12 November 2020

Nicely. Rustic country live with cowboys and injuns and bioscope.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 12 November 2020

From Insomnia to Washing Day, a very interesting poem about the daily life as the poetess sees that. Does the poetess mean to compose the music for these five titles? I am eager to listen, that must be beautiful to listen to. Country music is a sympathetic tune to listen to. It awakens happy feelings in the listener and also peaceful emotions. 5 Stars Full Vote!

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Mahtab Bangalee 12 November 2020

Insomnia Old Money Home Movie Golden Boy Washing Day// the five themes of poetic expression as country music are excellent on the life, specially country life; beautiful feeling comes to read this

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Mike Monahan 12 November 2020

Absolutely loved this! May you write many more like it.

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Edward Kofi Louis 12 November 2020

Stance! ! ! Endless night. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Khairul Ahsan 12 November 2020

'All the rest is paper, useless in any world but this.' - Loved these lines. Congratulations on the poem's selection as the 'Modern Poem of the Day'!

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Newhadney 12 November 2020

the ambiguity of the poem is too much to communicate it easily! ! !

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