“Happiness” by Louise Glück 

Georgia O’Keeffe, “Abstraction White Rose”

“A man and a woman lie on a white bed.

It is morning. I think

Soon they will waken.

On the bedside table is a vase

of lilies; sunlight

pools in their throats.

I watch him turn to her

as though to speak her name

but silently, deep in her mouth –

At the window ledge,

once, twice

a bird calls.

And then she stirs; her body

fills with his breath.


I open my eyes; you are watching me.

Almost over this room

the sun is gliding.

Look at your face, you say,

holding your own close to me

making a mirror.

How calm you are. And the burning wheel

passes gently over us.”

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10 Responses to “Happiness” by Louise Glück 

  1. Jeff Japp says:

    Hi Monika. Nice poem. Had not read any of Gluck’s work before. Hope you are doing well. Cheers!

    • Hi Jeff, I am on holiday in Poland and I got the flu! Perhaps it was my body’s way to tell me to slow down. I came across this collection of poems in a friend’s book collection and thought it was really charming. I hadn’t heard about the poet before.

      • Jeff Japp says:

        So sorry you are sick! I hope you get better soon. I recently returned from a trip to the beach with the family. That was nice. Did a ghost tour of Charleston, which was interesting. It included the cemetery that is supposedly haunted by Poe’s love, who he wrote “Annabel Lee” about. Anyway, feel better and enjoy the rest of your holiday.

        Jeff

  2. Soul Fields says:

    Aaaah, a special thank you for this. Love and cosmic hugs, Deelia

  3. Pingback: “Happiness” by Louise Glück  | SOUL FIELDS

  4. herongrace says:

    I’m a colour junkie but I have always loved white roses the best. To me they are a symbol of purity.

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