Lisel Mueller

(February 8, 1924)

Lisel Mueller Poems

1. For A Thirteenth Birthday 1/13/2003
2. Five For Country Music 1/13/2003
3. Bedtime Story 1/13/2003
4. Another Version 1/13/2003
5. Scenic Route 1/13/2003
6. Blood Oranges 1/13/2003
7. Curriculum Vitae 1/13/2003
8. Reading The Brothers Grimm To Jenny 1/13/2003
9. Why We Tell Stories 1/13/2003
10. A Day Like Any Other 1/13/2003
11. Things 1/13/2003
12. The Laughter Of Women 1/13/2003
13. Alive Together 1/13/2003
14. What The Dog Perhaps Hears 1/13/2003
15. Immortality 1/13/2003
16. Moon Fishing 1/13/2003
17. Monet Refuses The Operation 1/13/2003
Best Poem of Lisel Mueller

Monet Refuses The Operation

Doctor, you say there are no haloes
around the streetlights in Paris
and what I see is an aberration
caused by old age, an affliction.
I tell you it has taken me all my life
to arrive at the vision of gas lamps as angels,
to soften and blur and finally banish
the edges you regret I don't see,
to learn that the line I called the horizon
does not exist and sky and water,
so long apart, are the same state of being.
Fifty-four years before I could see
Rouen cathedral is built
of parallel shafts of sun,
and now you want to restore
my youthful errors: ...

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Bedtime Story

The moon lies on the river
like a drop of oil.
The children come to the banks to be healed
of their wounds and bruises.
The fathers who gave them their wounds and bruises
come to be healed of their rage.
The mothers grow lovely; their faces soften,
the birds in their throats awake.
They all stand hand in hand

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