Treasure Island

Louise Gluck

(22 April 1943 / New York / United States)

Nostos


There was an apple tree in the yard --
this would have been
forty years ago -- behind,
only meadows. Drifts
of crocus in the damp grass.
I stood at that window:
late April. Spring
flowers in the neighbor's yard.
How many times, really, did the tree
flower on my birthday,
the exact day, not
before, not after? Substitution
of the immutable
for the shifting, the evolving.
Substitution of the image
for relentless earth. What
do I know of this place,
the role of the tree for decades
taken by a bonsai, voices
rising from the tennis courts --
Fields. Smell of the tall grass, new cut.
As one expects of a lyric poet.
We look at the world once, in childhood.
The rest is memory.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

Do you like this poem?
3 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: lyric, april, childhood, tree, memory, flower, spring, world, rose

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Nostos by Louise Gluck )

Enter the verification code :

Read all 1 comments »

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. And We Came to Pass, Abdulrasaq Akingbo Okanlambe
  2. Praising a Poet, 'me' by a Co-Poet!, Dr.V.K. Kanniappan
  3. My Dog Lays at My Feet, David McLansky
  4. The two I trust (sonnet), Tinashe Mupedzapasi
  5. Owls or rats, Tinashe Mupedzapasi
  6. Jesus, God, Tinashe Mupedzapasi
  7. माँ का सूरज कहीं खो गया, Aftab Alam
  8. Brother John, Colin Ian Jeffery
  9. पयादे से मात, Aftab Alam
  10. My birthday song 2, Tinashe Mupedzapasi

Poem of the Day

poet Rupert Brooke

If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. 04 Tongues Made Of Glass, Shaun Shane
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. 1914 V: The Soldier, Rupert Brooke
  4. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  5. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  6. Television, Roald Dahl
  7. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  8. If, Rudyard Kipling
  9. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  10. All the World's a Stage, William Shakespeare

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]