Libraryland

Read the Printed Word!

Twitter: @reference_lib

For all things library-related, check out http://librarianista.tumblr.com
Jan 29
Permalink

"Immortality" by Lisel Mueller

In Sleeping Beauty’s castle
the clock strikes one hundred years
and the girl in the tower returns to the
world.
So do the servants in the kitchen,
who don’t even rub their eyes.
The cook’s right hand, lifted
an exact century ago,
completes its downward arc
to the kitchen boy’s left ear;
the boy’s tensed vocal cords
finally let go
the trapped, enduring whimper,
and the fly, arrested mid-plunge
above the strawberry pie,
fulfills its abiding mission
and dives into the sweet, red glaze.

As a child I had a book
with a picture of that scene.
I was too young to notice
how fear persists, and how
the anger that causes fear persists,
that its trajectory can’t be changed
or broken, only interrupted.
My attention was on the fly;
that this slight body
with its transparent wings
and lifespan of one human day
still craved its particular share
of sweetness, a century later.

  1. thewanderingthewaiting reblogged this from libraryland
  2. kirinfavs reblogged this from libraryland
  3. chocolateinthelibrary reblogged this from libraryland
  4. atomsandspace reblogged this from libraryland
  5. definereason reblogged this from libraryland
  6. sahrazad528 reblogged this from libraryland
  7. anunorthodoxjourney reblogged this from libraryland
  8. eclectikr-poems reblogged this from libraryland
  9. wordsareart reblogged this from libraryland
  10. yoshilover19 reblogged this from libraryland
  11. alliemdl reblogged this from libraryland
  12. sweetdreamstillsunbeamsfindyou reblogged this from libraryland
  13. redhotchilipepe reblogged this from libraryland
  14. tigerliliesinthesnow reblogged this from libraryland
  15. selkie-heart reblogged this from libraryland
  16. moretoliiife reblogged this from libraryland
  17. mymomind reblogged this from libraryland
  18. libraryland posted this