Poets | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
February 10th, 2016 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 311,705 comments.
Louise Gluck - Parable Of The Dove

A dove lived in a village.
When it opened its mouth
sweetness came out, sound
like a silver light around
the cherry bough. But
the dove wasn't satisfied.

It saw the villagers
gathered to listen under
the blossoming tree.
It didn't think: I
am higher that they are.
It wanted to wealk among them,
to experience the violence of human feeling,
in part for its song's sake.

So it became human.
It found passion, it found violence,
first conflated, then
as separate emotions
and these were not
contained by music. Thus
its song changed,
the sweet notes of its longing to become human
soured and flattened. Then

the world drew back; the mutant
fell from love
as from the cherry branch,
it fell stained with the bloody
fruit of the tree.

So it is true after all, not merely
a rule of art:
change your form and you change your nature.
And time does this to us.

Share |

Added: Feb 20 2003 | Viewed: 8 times | Comments and analysis of Parable Of The Dove by Louise Gluck Comments (31)

Parable Of The Dove - Comments and Information

Poet: Louise Gluck
Poem: Parable Of The Dove
Volume: Meadowlands
Year: Published/Written in 1996
Poem of the Day: Sep 16 2006

Comment 31 of 31, added on November 9th, 2015 at 11:26 PM.
ShOlgiUXsm

ZUCZnI Thanks for every other great post. The place else may anyone get that kind of information in such an ideal way of writing? I ave a presentation subsequent week, and I am on the look for such info.

crorkservice fiverr from Netherlands
Comment 30 of 31, added on May 30th, 2015 at 9:25 PM.
rIxTiNHzujuFe

Gxp3BH I have learn a few just right stuff here. Certainly price bookmarking for revisiting. I wonder how so much effort you place to make one of these wonderful informative site.

crork seo from Hungary
Comment 29 of 31, added on January 15th, 2015 at 7:42 PM.
tluHXNdowXfWrbvOBP

Ir8dSI I was suggested this web site via my cousin. I am no longer certain whether this submit is written by him as nobody else realize such designated about my problem. You are incredible! Thanks!

crorkz from United States

Are you looking for more information on this poem? Perhaps you are trying to analyze it? The poem, Parable Of The Dove, has received 31 comments. Click here to read them, and perhaps post a comment of your own.

Poem Info

Gluck Info
Copyright © 2000-2015 Gunnar Bengtsson. All Rights Reserved. Links