Monday, November 21, 2005

The Garden By Louise Gluck

From: The Garden By Louise Gluck
5. The Fear of Burial

In the empty field, in the morning,
the body waits to be claimed.
The spirit sits beside it, on a small rock-
nothing comes to give it form again.

Think of the body's loneliness.
At night pacing the sheared field,
its shadow buckled tightly around.
Such a long journey.
And already the remote, trembling lights of the village
not pausing for it as they scan the rows.
How far away they seem,
the wooden doors, the bread and milk
laid like weights on the table.

I think this poem is very powerful in the way that it captures the uncertainty and the loneliness that is associated with death and the afterlife. Here in the first stanza, the poet creates a beautiful scene, of a spirit and a body waiting for a place of belonging. The soul lonely above the ground and the corpse below. It also describes the loneliness of the cemetery and how forgotten the dead are. It think that it is interesting how the poet relates the loneliness of the dead to the coldness of the living towards the dead. On how when we die we are both forgotten and are lost without what was so familiar all of our lives. When loved ones die, we tend to bury them in an area far from us, far from the living. As in the poem the port hints to as the body or "soul" glances at the village lights. As in we draw a connection, a border between the life of the living and the dead. "How far away they seem..." As the poem continues; this making the newly passed soul seem more lost and fearful than if the mourners where to comfort the dead into the afterlife.


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