Lisel Mueller

po_Mueller-Lisel2Lisel Mueller (born February 8, 1924) is an American poet. She won the U.S. National Book Award in 1981 and the Pulitzer Prize in 1997.



Lisel Mueller

All night the knot in the shoelace
waits for its liberation,
and the match on the table packs its head
with anticipation of light.
The faucet sweats out a bead of water,
which gathers for the free fall,
while the lettuce in the refrigerator
succumbs to its brown killer.
And in the novel I put down
before I sleep,
the paneled walls of a room
are condemned to stand and wait
for tomorrow, when I’ll get to the page
where the prisoner finds the secret door
and steps into the air and the scent of lilacs.