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Celestial Music - Poem by Louise Gluck

I have a friend who still believes in heaven.
Not a stupid person, yet with all she knows, she literally talks to God.
She thinks someone listens in heaven.
On earth she's unusually competent.
Brave too, able to face unpleasantness.

We found a caterpillar dying in the dirt, greedy ants crawling over it.
I'm always moved by disaster, always eager to oppose vitality
But timid also, quick to shut my eyes.
Whereas my friend was able to watch, to let events play out
According to nature. For my sake she intervened
Brushing a few ants off the torn thing, and set it down
Across the road.

My friend says I shut my eyes to God, that nothing else explains
My aversion to reality. She says I'm like the child who
Buries her head in the pillow
So as not to see, the child who tells herself
That light causes sadness-
My friend is like the mother. Patient, urging me
To wake up an adult like herself, a courageous person-

In my dreams, my friend reproaches me. We're walking
On the same road, except it's winter now;
She's telling me that when you love the world you hear celestial music:
Look up, she says. When I look up, nothing.
Only clouds, snow, a white business in the trees
Like brides leaping to a great height-
Then I'm afraid for her; I see her
Caught in a net deliberately cast over the earth-

In reality, we sit by the side of the road, watching the sun set;
From time to time, the silence pierced by a birdcall.
It's this moment we're trying to explain, the fact
That we're at ease with death, with solitude.
My friend draws a circle in the dirt; inside, the caterpillar doesn't move.
She's always trying to make something whole, something beautiful, an image
Capable of life apart from her.
We're very quiet. It's peaceful sitting here, not speaking, The composition
Fixed, the road turning suddenly dark, the air
Going cool, here and there the rocks shining and glittering-
It's this stillness we both love.
The love of form is a love of endings.


Comments about Celestial Music by Louise Gluck

  • Gold Star - 115,370 Points Robert Murray Smith (2/17/2017 2:13:00 AM)

    A fine poem that canvasses faith. I'm with you.++10

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Raph Simon (12/11/2016 6:38:00 PM)

    This is plain banality, sophomoric poetry, and I will explain by showing why she does not raise to the Nobel level simply as follows:
    Every Grain of Sand by Bob (Nobel) Dylan. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 694 Points Robert Plese (6/24/2015 10:41:00 PM)

    Thank you for that! The line She's always trying to make something whole, something beautiful, an image
    Capable of life apart from her really resonates with me. Well thought out! (Report) Reply

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Poems About Music

  1. 1. I Am In Need Of Music , Elizabeth Bishop
  2. 2. Dirge Without Music , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  3. 3. Celestial Music , Louise Gluck
  4. 4. Music , Walter de la Mare
  5. 5. Music Swims Back To Me , Anne Sexton
  6. 6. Ancient Music , Ezra Pound
  7. 7. I Know The Music , Wilfred Owen
  8. 8. Broken Music , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  9. 9. Music, When Soft Voices Die , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  10. 10. We Are The Music-Makers , Arthur William Edgar O'Shaug ..
  11. 11. What Is Music To You? , Sylvia Chidi
  12. 12. (1) Before The Music Ends , Sandra Fowler
  13. 13. Sonnet 128: How Oft, When Thou, My Music.. , William Shakespeare
  14. 14. Bagpipe Music , Louis Macneice
  15. 15. Music , Rainer Maria Rilke
  16. 16. Music , Frank O'Hara
  17. 17. At A Solemn Music , John Milton
  18. 18. April Music , s./j. goldner
  19. 19. Words For Music Perhaps , William Butler Yeats
  20. 20. The Music , Kathryn Thompson
  21. 21. To Music , Rainer Maria Rilke
  22. 22. On Music , Thomas Moore
  23. 23. Sonnet 8: Music To Hear, Why Hear'st Tho.. , William Shakespeare
  24. 24. Secret Music , Siegfried Sassoon
  25. 25. Music , Wilfred Owen
  26. 26. That Music Always Round Me , Walt Whitman
  27. 27. Call It Music , Philip Levine
  28. 28. Church Music , George Herbert
  29. 29. Better—than Music! For I—who Heard It , Emily Dickinson
  30. 30. Alexander's Feast; Or, The Power Of Music , John Dryden
  31. 31. The Choir And Music Of Solitude And Sile.. , Delmore Schwartz
  32. 32. Away With Funeral Music , Robert Louis Stevenson
  33. 33. Music I Heard , Conrad Potter Aiken
  34. 34. From Spring Days To Winter (For Music) , Oscar Wilde
  35. 35. Music , .Pd. is here
  36. 36. Proud Music Of The Storm , Walt Whitman
  37. 37. To The One Of Fictive Music , Wallace Stevens
  38. 38. Italian Music In Dakota , Walt Whitman
  39. 39. Song And Music , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  40. 40. There Is A Lady Sweet And Kind, Thomas F.. , Anonymous
  41. 41. Master Of Music , Henry Van Dyke
  42. 42. Perplexed Music , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  43. 43. Five For Country Music , Lisel Mueller
  44. 44. ! ! Impressionism In Paint, In Music, In.. , Michael Shepherd
  45. 45. Music , Arthur Seymour John Tessimond
  46. 46. Music: An Ode , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  47. 47. Sing -- Sing -- Music Was Given , Thomas Moore
  48. 48. War-Music , Henry Van Dyke
  49. 49. Music To Me Is Like Days , Les Murray
  50. 50. Storm-Music , Henry Van Dyke
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