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.