Louise Gluck

(22 April 1943 / New York / United States)

Poems of Louise Gluck

41. The Untrustworthy Speaker 1/1/2004
42. The White Lilies 1/1/2004
43. The Wild Iris 1/1/2004
44. Vespers 1/1/2004
45. Widows 1/1/2004

A Fantasy

I'll tell you something: every day
people are dying. And that's just the beginning.
Every day, in funeral homes, new widows are born,
new orphans. They sit with their hands folded,
trying to decide about this new life.

Then they're in the cemetery, some of them
for the first time. They're frightened of crying,
sometimes of not crying. Someone leans over,

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