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Lisel Mueller

Even now, when the plot
calls for me to turn to stone,
the sun intervenes. Some mornings
in summer, I step outside
and the sky opens
and pours itself into me
as if I were a saint
about to die. But the plot
calls for me to live, be ordinary,
say nothing to anyone.
Inside the house,
the mirrors burn when I pass.

— Lisel Mueller, “There are Mornings,”Alive Together: New and Selected Poems. (LSU Press; First Edition edition, October 1, 1996)

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