Li-Young Lee


Eating Together - Poem by Li-Young Lee

In the steamer is the trout
seasoned with slivers of ginger,
two sprigs of green onion, and sesame oil.
We shall eat it with rice for lunch,
brothers, sister, my mother who will
taste the sweetest meat of the head,
holding it between her fingers
deftly, the way my father did
weeks ago. Then he lay down
to sleep like a snow-covered road
winding through pines older than him,
without any travelers, and lonely for no one.


Comments about Eating Together by Li-Young Lee

  • Gold Star - 8,258 Points Madathil Rajendran Nair (3/13/2015 12:48:00 AM)

    A fantastic poem that can be interpreted a million ways. Yes, the last lines moves and that snow-covered road imagery is truly fantastic. 10+++++++++++ (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Walter Durk (10/2/2007 7:24:00 PM)

    This is a nice expression. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Anne Manuel (7/21/2006 12:40:00 PM)

    he lay down
    to sleep like a snow-covered road..

    Very good imagery (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Michael Shepherd (3/18/2005 11:53:00 AM)

    The last four lines had me in tears. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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