I’m currently reading The World was Whole by Fiona Wright. About halfway through is a chapter entitled, The World was Whole, Always where she quotes /A room with a chair, a window./ A small window, filled with the patterns light makes./
The world was very large. Then
the world was small. O
very small, small enough
to fit in a brain.
It had no color, it was all
interior space: nothing
got in or out. But time
seeped in anyway, that
was the tragic dimension.
I took time very seriously in those years,
if I remember accurately.
A room with a chair, a window.
A small window, filled with the patterns light makes.
In its emptiness the world
was whole always, not
a chip of something, with
the self at the center.
And at the center of the self,
grief I thought I couldn’t survive.
A room with a bed, a table. Flashes
of light on the naked surfaces.
I had two desires: desire
to be safe and desire to feel. As though
the world were making
a decision against white
because it disdained potential
and wanted in its place substance:
of gold where the light struck.
In the window, reddish
leaves of the copper beech tree.
Out of the stasis, facts, objects
blurred or knitted together: somewhere
time stirring, time
crying to be touched, to be
the polished wood
shimmering with distinctions–
and then I was once more
a child in the presence of riches
and I didn’t know what the riches were made of.
Jennifer @Holds Upon Happiness posts a lovely Poem for a Thursday each week. I love seeing which poem she picks but I rarely feel the urge to join in with one myself. However, today is one of those days when my recent reading provided the push I needed.
3 thoughts on “Aubade by Louise Gluck”
Oh, I love this and I am not even sure why. Evocative is the right word for it.
What a good idea….stumble upon a poem during your reading and investigate.I'll try it!Not sure if I'll find any poems in my non-fiction readThe Merchants of Truth…but you never know!
There's something about time crying to be touched that moves me deeply.