poet Louise Gluck

Louise Gluck

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Happiness

A man and a woman lie on a white bed.
It is morning. I think
Soon they will waken.
On the bedside table is a vase
of lilies; sunlight
pools in their throats.
I watch him turn to her
as though to speak her name
but silently, deep in her mouth--
At the window ledge,
once, twice,
a bird calls.
And then she stirs; her body
fills with his breath.

I open my eyes; you are watching me.
Almost over this room
the sun is gliding.
Look at your face, you say,
holding your own close to me
to make a mirror.
How calm you are. And the burning wheel
passes gently over us.

Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (11/3/2020 2:50:00 PM)

    I open my eyes; you are watching me.
    Almost over this room
    the sun is gliding.
    Look at your face, you say,
    holding your own close to me
    and the burning wheel passes gently. tony

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  • PIERRE MIRONER (10/31/2020 6:08:00 AM)

    MAKES ME THINK TO A PAINTING BY HOPPER

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  • P A Noushad (10/23/2020 11:32:00 PM)

    How calm you are. And the burning wheel passes gently over us: great verses dear Louise Gluck.

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (10/11/2020 1:08:00 AM)

    by reading the poem
    serves the happiness
    seemingly in nightmare

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  • P A Noushad (10/9/2020 2:44:00 AM)

    Beautiful creation into the deep insight of life.

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  • Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike (8/28/2019 11:40:00 AM)

    Well articulated and nicely brought forth with conviction. An insightful creation. Thanks for sharing.................

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (7/26/2019 12:39:00 AM)

    At the window ledge,
    once, twice,
    a bird calls.

    BEAUTIFUL POEM
    GREAT 10+++

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  • Josey AlfredJosey Alfred (4/19/2017 5:46:00 AM)

    Calm and content they slept, the peace and freshness of the morning, all but speaks of a wonderful night, of accomplishment. Marvellous.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (11/27/2016 9:42:00 PM)

    A lovely bedroom scene recreated with a man and a woman get up in the morning and cosying to greet their companionship. Thanks for sharing a nice poem.

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  • Neran Sati (10/14/2015 9:44:00 AM)

    what a seducing caption of pair intimacy!
    dreamy moments twisting with reality -
    happines!

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  • Colleen Courtney (5/14/2014 9:17:00 PM)

    Lovely and beautiful. Nicely written poem!

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  • Ruby HoneytipRuby Honeytip (9/15/2012 7:55:00 PM)

    I love this poem so very much.....I come back often and carry a little of it around with me. Sigh: -) Thank you L G.

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