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Celestial Music - Poem by Louise Gluck

I have a friend who still believes in heaven.
Not a stupid person, yet with all she knows, she literally talks to God.
She thinks someone listens in heaven.
On earth she's unusually competent.
Brave too, able to face unpleasantness.

We found a caterpillar dying in the dirt, greedy ants crawling over it.
I'm always moved by disaster, always eager to oppose vitality
But timid also, quick to shut my eyes.
Whereas my friend was able to watch, to let events play out
According to nature. For my sake she intervened
Brushing a few ants off the torn thing, and set it down
Across the road.

My friend says I shut my eyes to God, that nothing else explains
My aversion to reality. She says I'm like the child who
Buries her head in the pillow
So as not to see, the child who tells herself
That light causes sadness-
My friend is like the mother. Patient, urging me
To wake up an adult like herself, a courageous person-

In my dreams, my friend reproaches me. We're walking
On the same road, except it's winter now;
She's telling me that when you love the world you hear celestial music:
Look up, she says. When I look up, nothing.
Only clouds, snow, a white business in the trees
Like brides leaping to a great height-
Then I'm afraid for her; I see her
Caught in a net deliberately cast over the earth-

In reality, we sit by the side of the road, watching the sun set;
From time to time, the silence pierced by a birdcall.
It's this moment we're trying to explain, the fact
That we're at ease with death, with solitude.
My friend draws a circle in the dirt; inside, the caterpillar doesn't move.
She's always trying to make something whole, something beautiful, an image
Capable of life apart from her.
We're very quiet. It's peaceful sitting here, not speaking, The composition
Fixed, the road turning suddenly dark, the air
Going cool, here and there the rocks shining and glittering-
It's this stillness we both love.
The love of form is a love of endings.


Comments about Celestial Music by Louise Gluck

  • Gold Star - 10,874 Points Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (5/26/2017 12:39:00 PM)

    Some people take charge to make a difference and some people sit on the sidelines..it's a matter of circumstances and the results can be surprising.. very philosophical.. a ten.. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 163,181 Points Robert Murray Smith (2/17/2017 2:13:00 AM)

    A fine poem that canvasses faith. I'm with you.++10

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Raph Simon (12/11/2016 6:38:00 PM)

    This is plain banality, sophomoric poetry, and I will explain by showing why she does not raise to the Nobel level simply as follows:
    Every Grain of Sand by Bob (Nobel) Dylan. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Music

  1. 1. I Am In Need Of Music , Elizabeth Bishop
  2. 2. Dirge Without Music , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  3. 3. Celestial Music , Louise Gluck
  4. 4. Music , Walter de la Mare
  5. 5. I Know The Music , Wilfred Owen
  6. 6. Music Swims Back To Me , Anne Sexton
  7. 7. Ancient Music , Ezra Pound
  8. 8. Broken Music , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  9. 9. We Are The Music-Makers , Arthur William Edgar O'Shaug ..
  10. 10. Music, When Soft Voices Die , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  11. 11. What Is Music To You? , Sylvia Chidi
  12. 12. (1) Before The Music Ends , Sandra Fowler
  13. 13. Sonnet 128: How Oft, When Thou, My Music.. , William Shakespeare
  14. 14. Bagpipe Music , Louis Macneice
  15. 15. Music , Rainer Maria Rilke
  16. 16. Call It Music , Philip Levine
  17. 17. Music , Frank O'Hara
  18. 18. At A Solemn Music , John Milton
  19. 19. April Music , s./j. goldner
  20. 20. Sonnet 8: Music To Hear, Why Hear'st Tho.. , William Shakespeare
  21. 21. That Music Always Round Me , Walt Whitman
  22. 22. The Music , Kathryn Thompson
  23. 23. To Music , Rainer Maria Rilke
  24. 24. From Spring Days To Winter (For Music) , Oscar Wilde
  25. 25. Words For Music Perhaps , William Butler Yeats
  26. 26. Alexander's Feast; Or, The Power Of Music , John Dryden
  27. 27. Church Music , George Herbert
  28. 28. On Music , Thomas Moore
  29. 29. The Choir And Music Of Solitude And Sile.. , Delmore Schwartz
  30. 30. Away With Funeral Music , Robert Louis Stevenson
  31. 31. Music I Heard , Conrad Potter Aiken
  32. 32. Music , Wilfred Owen
  33. 33. Secret Music , Siegfried Sassoon
  34. 34. Better—than Music! For I—who Heard It , Emily Dickinson
  35. 35. Music , .Pd. is here
  36. 36. Proud Music Of The Storm , Walt Whitman
  37. 37. Italian Music In Dakota , Walt Whitman
  38. 38. War Music [down On Your Knees, Achilles] , Christopher Logue
  39. 39. Song And Music , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  40. 40. There Is A Lady Sweet And Kind, Thomas F.. , Anonymous
  41. 41. Perplexed Music , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  42. 42. Master Of Music , Henry Van Dyke
  43. 43. To The One Of Fictive Music , Wallace Stevens
  44. 44. Transcription Of Organ Music , Allen Ginsberg
  45. 45. Five For Country Music , Lisel Mueller
  46. 46. ! ! Impressionism In Paint, In Music, In.. , Michael Shepherd
  47. 47. Split The Lark&Mdash;And You'Ll Find The.. , Emily Dickinson
  48. 48. Music , Arthur Seymour John Tessimond
  49. 49. Music: An Ode , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  50. 50. Sing -- Sing -- Music Was Given , Thomas Moore
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