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Winter thoughts from Louise Glück

Snowdrops

Do you know what I was, how I lived? You know
what despair is; then
winter should have meaning for you.

I did not expect to survive,
earth suppressing me. I didn't expect
to waken again, to feel
in damp earth my body
able to respond again, remembering
after so long how to open again
in the cold light
of earliest spring--

afraid, yes, but among you again
crying yes risk joy

in the raw wind of the new world.

Louise Glück

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zuricrow
Jan. 3rd, 2010 04:00 pm (UTC)
Very moving poem. Thanks for sharing.

Do you read Mary Oliver?

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