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Louise Gluck - Early Darkness

How can you say
earth should give me joy?  Each thing
born is my burden; I cannot succeed
with all of you.

And you would like to dictate to me,
you would like to tell me
who among you is most valuable,
who most resembles me.
And you hold up as an example
the pure life, the detachment
you struggle to acheive--

How can you understand me
when you cannot understand yourselves?
Your memory is not
powerful enough, it will not
reach back far enough--

Never forget you are my children.
You are not suffering because you touched each other
but because you were born,
because you required life
separate from me.

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Poet: Louise Gluck
Poem: Early Darkness
Volume: The Wild Iris
Year: Published/Written in 1993

Comment 1 of 1, added on June 2nd, 2012 at 3:41 AM.

January 25, 2012 at 12:23 pm So so jealous that you were able to go to Alt! I was fololwing your tweets (and others who were also there), and it sounded amazing! Being able to connect with other people who have similar passions is always really inspiring!

Karina from Bangladesh

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