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In The Deep Museum Analysis



Author: poem of Anne Sexton Type: poem Views: 4

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My God, my God, what queer corner am I in?


Didn't I die, blood running down the post,


lungs gagging for air, die there for the sin


of anyone, my sour mouth giving up the ghost?


Surely my body is done? Surely I died?


And yet, I know, I'm here. What place is this?


Cold and queer, I sting with life. I lied.


Yes, I lied. Or else in some damned cowardice


my body would not give me up. I touch


fine cloth with my hand and my cheeks are cold.


If this is hell, then hell could not be much,


neither as special or as ugly as I was told.



What's that I hear, snuffling and pawing its way


toward me? Its tongue knocks a pebble out of place


as it slides in, a sovereign. How can I pray>


It is panting; it is an odor with a face


like the skin of a donkey. It laps my sores.


It is hurt, I think, as a I touch its little head.


It bleeds. I have forgiven murderers and whores


and now must wait like old Jonah, not dead


nor alive, stroking a clumsy animal. A rat.


His teeth test me; he waits like a good cook,


knowing his own ground. I forgive him that,


as I forgave my Judas the money he took.



Now I hold his soft red sore to my lips


as his brothers crowd in, hairy angels who take


my gift. My ankles are a flute. I lose hips


and wrists. For three days, for love's sake,


I bless this other death. Oh, not in air --


in dirt. Under the rotting veins of its roots,


under the markets, under the sheep bed where


the hill is food, under the slippery fruits


of the vineyard, I go. Unto the bellies and jaws


of rats I commit my prophecy and fear.


Far below The Cross, I correct its flaws.


We have kept the miracle. I will not be here.







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