Love Like Salt

By Lisel Mueller b. 1924 Lisel Mueller
It lies in our hands in crystals
too intricate to decipher

It goes into the skillet
without being given a second thought

It spills on the floor so fine
we step all over it

We carry a pinch behind each eyeball

It breaks out on our foreheads

We store it inside our bodies
in secret wineskins

At supper, we pass it around the table
talking of holidays and the sea.

Reprinted from Alive Together: New and Selected Poems (LSU Press, 1996) by permission of the author. Poem copyright © 1996 by Lisel Mueller.

Source: Alive Together: New and Selected Poems (Louisiana State University Press, 1996)

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Poet Lisel Mueller b. 1924

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Relationships, Love

Occasions Gratitude & Apologies

Poetic Terms Imagery, Free Verse, Simile

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Poet and translator Lisel Mueller was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1924. The daughter of teachers, her family was forced to flee the Nazi regime when Mueller was 15. They immigrated to the US and settled in the Mid-west. Mueller attended the University of Evansville, where her father was a professor, and did her graduate study at Indiana University. Her collections of poetry include The Private Life, which was the 1975 Lamont . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Love

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Poetic Terms Imagery, Free Verse, Simile

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