Quote: Triage by Lisel Mueller

Triage by Lisel Mueller
from: Alive Together (new and selected poems)

“Bertolt Brecht lamented that he lived in an age when it was almost a crime to talk about trees, because that meant being silent about so much evil.  Walking past a stand of tall, still healthy elms along Chicago’s lakefront, I think of what Brecht said.  I want to celebrate these elms which have been spared by the plague, these survivors of a once flourishing tribe commemorated by all the Elm Streets in America.  Under the Elm treesBut to celebrate them is to be silent about the people who sit and sleep underneath them, the homeless poor who are hauled away by the city like trash, except it has no place to dump them.  To speak of one thing is to suppress another.  When I talk about myself, I cannot talk about you.  You know this as you listen to me, disappointment settling in your face.”

 

2 thoughts on “Quote: Triage by Lisel Mueller

  1. Anna Scott Graham

    Oh Laura, this is so touching! Many elements are contained in this concise entry, goodness, plenty for me to consider while sewing my quilt top. Ta love…

    peopletreepeace…

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    1. laura bruno lilly Post author

      Anna, I so appreciate your taking a break from your new quilting passion to keep up with my posts! Quilting offers much time for rumination of one’s thoughts that’s for sure.

      peopletreehuggingpeace

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