Li-Young Lee

The Hammock - Poem by Li-Young Lee

When I lay my head in my mother's lap
I think how day hides the stars,
the way I lay hidden once, waiting
inside my mother's singing to herself. And I remember
how she carried me on her back
between home and the kindergarten,
once each morning and once each afternoon.

I don't know what my mother's thinking.

When my son lays his head in my lap, I wonder:
Do his father's kisses keep his father's worries
from becoming his? I think, Dear God, and remember
there are stars we haven't heard from yet:
They have so far to arrive. Amen,
I think, and I feel almost comforted.

I've no idea what my child is thinking.

Between two unknowns, I live my life.
Between my mother's hopes, older than I am
by coming before me, and my child's wishes, older than I am
by outliving me. And what's it like?
Is it a door, and good-bye on either side?
A window, and eternity on either side?
Yes, and a little singing between two great rests.

Topic(s) of this poem: future

Comments about The Hammock by Li-Young Lee

  • Michael Walkerjohn (1/24/2015 10:00:00 AM)

    Aloha Li-Young Lee...

    I have know many Lee' in my experiences this time through this mess... You have an intresting bio... me too... However, the point is this fine expression of Family... the what ifs and abouts and mystery'... lifetimes in prose in a few heartbeats... should I be so blessed... and as concise... as this wrighted wright... wright whose ship? Yes, and a little singing between two great rests. Fucking classic my brother... Wow! this post has this am' session steaming oer das boot' and hill and dale and Dubai expo 2020! I will to dig deep into your thoughts so much more... I have a shite load on my plate... It is quite the Hong Kong Hilton sized one... or maybe that den of sin in Beverly? Whatever... IAM really getting to like this word... Thank you Good Sir... for barding me into conscience this daze... All of the best from this life, to you, and all of your relations... Michaelw1two (read me)
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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 24, 2015

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