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Alive Together - Poem by Lisel Mueller

Speaking of marvels, I am alive
together with you, when I might have been
alive with anyone under the sun,
when I might have been Abelard's woman
or the whore of a Renaissance pope
or a peasant wife with not enough food
and not enough love, with my children
dead of the plague. I might have slept
in an alcove next to the man
with the golden nose, who poked it
into the business of stars,
or sewn a starry flag
for a general with wooden teeth.
I might have been the exemplary Pocahontas
or a woman without a name
weeping in Master's bed
for my husband, exchanged for a mule,
my daughter, lost in a drunken bet.
I might have been stretched on a totem pole
to appease a vindictive god
or left, a useless girl-child,
to die on a cliff. I like to think
I might have been Mary Shelley
in love with a wrong-headed angel,
or Mary's friend. I might have been you.
This poem is endless, the odds against us are endless,
our chances of being alive together
statistically nonexistent;
still we have made it, alive in a time
when rationalists in square hats
and hatless Jehovah's Witnesses
agree it is almost over,
alive with our lively children
who-but for endless ifs-
might have missed out on being alive
together with marvels and follies
and longings and lies and wishes
and error and humor and mercy
and journeys and voices and faces
and colors and summers and mornings
and knowledge and tears and chance.

Comments about Alive Together by Lisel Mueller

  • Dr Tony Brahmin 2/21/2020 10:30:00 AM

    together with marvels and follies
    and longings and lies and wishes
    and error and humor and mercy
    and journeys and voices and faces
    and colors and summers and mornings
    and knowledge and tears and chance. very fine use of words and expressions. tony

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  • Richard Smart 3/9/2019 12:43:00 PM

    If I would have participated how this happen no one will ever believe it, well right now every thing is all right,

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  • Phyllis Beckman 3/12/2017 5:44:00 AM

    Breathtaking. Life-changing. True. Reply

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  • Jasbir Chatterjee 3/19/2016 12:02:00 AM

    indeed, it's a marvel that we are still alive and ticking against all the odds stacked against and all those terrible things waiting to happen... Reply

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  • Colleen Courtney 5/17/2014 5:13:00 PM

    Such a fine example of all the what if's in the world! Love it. Reply

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  • Michael Shepherd 9/1/2005 4:50:00 AM

    Wonderful, mind-expanding, heart-touching poem - but did they have pop in the Renaissance, David? Reply

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  2. 2. We May Live Together
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  3. 3. Last Ride Together, The
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    Kenneth Patchen
  5. 5. Eating Together
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  6. 6. Family Comes Together
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  7. 7. The Last Ride Together
    Robert Browning
  8. 8. Together
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  9. 9. When We Were Here Together
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  10. 10. Together
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  13. 13. Living Together
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  16. 16. Sleeping Together
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  17. 17. Riding Together
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  18. 18. We Have Been Friends Together
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  19. 19. Together
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  20. 20. The Last Ride Together (After Browning)
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  21. 21. Together
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  22. 22. (006) Let Us Picnic Together In Straw..
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  23. 23. Together We'Re Alone
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  24. 24. Together
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  25. 25. All Work Together
    Woody Guthrie
  26. 26. Christmas Together
    Mary Nagy
  27. 27. I Know We’ll Be Together Again
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  28. 28. Cant Hold Myself Together
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  29. 29. Here We Are Together
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  30. 30. Together
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  31. 31. Together We Await The Storm
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  32. 32. Sticking Together
    David Darbyshire
  33. 33. Together We Work, Together We Gain
  34. 34. A Few Moments Together
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  35. 35. 0424 Walking Together
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  36. 36. Staying Together
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  37. 37. Alone Together
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  38. 38. Together
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  39. 39. Remembering Together
    Joseph T. Renaldi
  40. 40. Forever Joined Together At The Hip
    Ted Sheridan
  41. 41. That Beach Where We Sit Together
  42. 42. *never Will We Be Together Complete *
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  43. 43. Together Apart
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  44. 44. Come Together
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  45. 45. 'Please Put Me Back Together'
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  46. 46. Promise Together
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  48. 48. Fifty Years Together
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  50. 50. Let Us Be Together
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Together Poems

  1. Last Ride Together, The

    I. I said---Then, dearest, since 'tis so, Since now at length my fate I know, Since nothing all my love avails, Since all, my life seemed meant for, fails, Since this was written and needs must be--- My whole heart rises up to bless Your name in pride and thankfulness! Take back the hope you gave,---I claim ---Only a memory of the same, ---And this beside, if you will not blame, Your leave for one more last ride with me. II. My mistress bent that brow of hers; Those deep dark eyes where pride demurs When pity would be softening through, Fixed me, a breathing-while or two, With life or death in the balance: right! The blood replenished me again; My last thought was at least not vain: I and my mistress, side by side Shall be together, breathe and ride, So, one day more am I deified. Who knows but the world may end tonight? III. Hush! if you saw some western cloud All billowy-bosomed, over-bowed By many benedictions---sun's And moon's and evening-star's at once--- And so, you, looking and loving best, Conscious grew, your passion drew Cloud, sunset, moonrise, star-shine too, Down on you, near and yet more near, Till flesh must fade for heaven was here!--- Thus leant she and lingered---joy and fear! Thus lay she a moment on my breast. IV. Then we began to ride. My soul Smoothed itself out, a long-cramped scroll Freshening and fluttering in the wind. Past hopes already lay behind. What need to strive with a life awry? Had I said that, had I done this, So might I gain, so might I miss. Might she have loved me? just as well She might have hated, who can tell! Where had I been now if the worst befell? And here we are riding, she and I. V. Fail I alone, in words and deeds? Why, all men strive and who succeeds? We rode; it seemed my spirit flew, Saw other regions, cities new, As the world rushed by on either side. I thought,---All labour, yet no less Bear up beneath their unsuccess. Look at the end of work, contrast The petty done, the undone vast, This present of theirs with the hopeful past! I hoped she would love me; here we ride. VI. What hand and brain went ever paired? What heart alike conceived and dared? What act proved all its thought had been? What will but felt the fleshly screen? We ride and I see her bosom heave. There's many a crown for who can reach, Ten lines, a statesman's life in each! The flag stuck on a heap of bones, A soldier's doing! what atones? They scratch his name on the Abbey-stones. My riding is better, by their leave. VII. What does it all mean, poet? Well, Your brains beat into rhythm, you tell What we felt only; you expressed You hold things beautiful the best, And pace them in rhyme so, side by side. 'Tis something, nay 'tis much: but then, Have you yourself what's best for men? Are you---poor, sick, old ere your time--- Nearer one whit your own sublime Than we who never have turned a rhyme? Sing, riding's a joy! For me, I ride. VIII. And you, great sculptor---so, you gave A score of years to Art, her slave, And that's your Venus, whence we turn To yonder girl that fords the burn! You acquiesce, and shall I repine? What, man of music, you grown grey With notes and nothing else to say, Is this your sole praise from a friend, ``Greatly his opera's strains intend, ``Put in music we know how fashions end!'' I gave my youth; but we ride, in fine. IX. Who knows what's fit for us? Had fate Proposed bliss here should sublimate My being---had I signed the bond--- Still one must lead some life beyond, Have a bliss to die with, dim-descried. This foot once planted on the goal, This glory-garland round my soul, Could I descry such? Try and test! I sink back shuddering from the quest. Earth being so good, would heaven seem best? Now, heaven and she are beyond this ride. X. And yet---she has not spoke so long! What if heaven be that, fair and strong At life's best, with our eyes upturned Whither life's flower is first discerned, We, fixed so, ever should so abide? What if we still ride on, we two With life for ever old yet new, Changed not in kind but in degree, The instant made eternity,--- And heaven just prove that I and she Ride, ride together, for ever ride?

  2. We May Live Together

    If ever two were one, then surely we. If ever man were lov'd by wife, then thee. If ever wife was happy in a man, Compare with me, ye women, if you can. I prize thy love more than whole Mines of gold Or all the riches that the East doth hold. My love is such that Rivers cannot quench, Nor ought but love from thee give recompetence. Thy love is such I can no way repay. The heavens reward thee manifold, I pray. Then while we live, in love let's so persever That when we live no more, we may live ever.

  3. We Go Out Together In The Staring Town

    We go out together into the staring town And buy cheese and bread and little jugs with flowered labels Everywhere is a tent where we put on our whirling show A great deal has been said of the handless serpents Which war has set loose in the gay milk of our heads But because you braid your hair and taste like honey of heaven We go together into town to buy wine and yellow candles.

  4. Eating Together

    In the steamer is the trout seasoned with slivers of ginger, two sprigs of green onion, and sesame oil. We shall eat it with rice for lunch, brothers, sister, my mother who will taste the sweetest meat of the head, holding it between her fingers deftly, the way my father did weeks ago. Then he lay down to sleep like a snow-covered road winding through pines older than him, without any travelers, and lonely for no one.