Muriel Rukeyser

(December 15, 1913 – February 12, 1980 / New York City)

Song - Poem by Muriel Rukeyser

Make and be eaten, the poet says,
Lie in the arms of nightlong fire,
To celebrate the waking, wake.
Burn in the daylong light; and praise
Even the mother unappeased,
Even the fathers of desire.

Blind go the days, but joy will see
Agreements of music; they will wind
The shaking of your dance; no more
Will the ambiguous arm-waves spell
Confusion of the blessing given.

Only and finally declare
Among the purest shapes of grace
The waking of the face of fire,
The body of waking and the skill
To make your body such a shape
That all the eyes of hope shall stare.

That all the cries of fear shall know,
Staring in their bird-pierced song;
Lines of such penetration make
That shall bind our loves at last.
Then from the mountains of the lost,
All the fantasies shall wake,
Strong and real and speaking turn
Wherever flickers your unreal.

And my strong ghosts shall fade and pass
My love start fiery as grass
Wherever burn my fantasies,
Wherever burn my fantasies.

April 1955


Comments about Song by Muriel Rukeyser

  • Susan Williams Susan Williams (2/11/2016 3:31:00 PM)

    Listen to her voice, I think this woman has much to teach us be we man or woman. The first thing she teaches is to Engage. To be a writer, we must dive into life. Get burned if necessary. To quote Muriel, we must “Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry.” There is no place for disinterest and detachment in our lives.. A writer, indeed a human being, must symbolically inhale what happens around him/her. (Report) Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (2/11/2016 9:23:00 AM)

    My love start fiery as grass
    Wherever burn my fantasies.
    Amazing song. Thanks for sharing.10 points. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis Edward Kofi Louis (2/11/2016 3:03:00 AM)

    With fantasies as needed to move us on. Nice work. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, October 16, 2015



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