Song (“The world is full of loss ... ”)

By Muriel Rukeyser 1913–1980 Muriel Rukeyser
The world is full of loss; bring, wind, my love,
         my home is where we make our meeting-place,
         and love whatever I shall touch and read
         within that face.

Lift, wind, my exile from my eyes;
         peace to look, life to listen and confess,
         freedom to find to find to find
         that nakedness.

Muriel Rukeyser, “Song”, published in the October 1941 issue of Poetry magazine. This poem also appeared in The Collected Poems of Muriel Rukeyser, Copyright 2006 by Muriel Rukeyser. Permission granted by International Creative Management.

Source: Poetry (October 1941).


This poem originally appeared in the October 1941 issue of Poetry magazine

October 1941
 Muriel  Rukeyser


Although poet Muriel Rukeyser often provoked a varying critical response to her work, there was never any doubt during her five-decade literary career that a resounding passion was on display. Of her first book, the award-winning collection Theory of Flight, W. R. Benet remarked in the Saturday Review of Literature : "She is a radical politically, but she writes as a poet not a propagandist. When you hold this book in your hand . . .

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