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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

  • Rookie - 171 Points Yvonne Coleman-burney (10/17/2017 4:24:00 PM)

    Another nice one - the thoughts of death and ending life, very well put together (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 337 Points Solomon Njoku (9/11/2017 2:53:00 PM)

    Nice impact (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,428 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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Poems About Music

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