Lisel Mueller

(February 8, 1924)

Lisel Mueller Poems

1. Sometimes, When the Light 4/30/2015
2. Five For Country Music 1/13/2003
3. Another Version 1/13/2003
4. Bedtime Story 1/13/2003
5. Scenic Route 1/13/2003
6. For A Thirteenth Birthday 1/13/2003
7. Blood Oranges 1/13/2003
8. Why We Tell Stories 1/13/2003
9. Reading The Brothers Grimm To Jenny 1/13/2003
10. Curriculum Vitae 1/13/2003
11. Things 1/13/2003
12. A Day Like Any Other 1/13/2003
13. The Laughter Of Women 1/13/2003
14. Alive Together 1/13/2003
15. What The Dog Perhaps Hears 1/13/2003
16. Moon Fishing 1/13/2003
17. Immortality 1/13/2003
18. Monet Refuses The Operation 1/13/2003
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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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Scenic Route

For Lucy, who called them "ghost houses."

Someone was always leaving
and never coming back.
The wooden houses wait like old wives
along this road; they are everywhere,
abandoned, leaning, turning gray.

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