The Daily Reading: a poem by Lisel Mueller

From a hefty, wonderful book of poems, Alive Together, by Lisel Mueller. This day, find the thing, however small, that reminds you you're alive. Let yourself rest there.

"Sometimes, When the Light"

Sometimes, when the light strikes at odd angles

and pulls you back to childhood

and you are passing a crumbling mansion

completely hidden behind old willows

or an empty convent guarded by hemlocks

and giant firs standing hip to hip,

you know again that behind that wall,

under the uncut hair of the willows

something secret is going on,

so marvelous and dangerous

that if you crawled through and saw,

you would die, or be happy forever.

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