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The Untrustworthy Speaker Analysis



Author: poem of Louise Glück Type: poem Views: 0

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Don't listen to me; my heart's been broken.

I don't see anything objectively.



I know myself; I've learned to hear like a psychiatrist.

When I speak passionately,

That's when I'm least to be trusted.



It's very sad, really: all my life I've been praised

For my intelligence, my powers of language, of insight-

In the end they're wasted-



I never see myself.

Standing on the front steps.  Holding my sisters hand.

That's why I can't account

For the bruises on her arm where the sleeve ends . . .



In my own mind, I'm invisible: that's why I'm dangerous.

People like me, who seem selfless.

We're the cripples, the liars:

We're the ones who should be factored out

In the interest of truth.



When I'm quiet, that's when the truth emerges.

A clear sky, the clouds like white fibers.

Underneath, a little gray house.  The azaleas

Red and bright pink.



If you want the truth, you have to close yourself

To the older sister, block her out:

When I living thing is hurt like that

In its deepest workings,

All function is altered.



That's why I'm not to be trusted.

Because a wound to the heart

Is also a wound to the mind.






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