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Sylvia's Death Analysis



Author: poem of Anne Sexton Type: poem Views: 16

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for Sylvia Plath



O Sylvia, Sylvia,


with a dead box of stones and spoons,



with two children, two meteors


wandering loose in a tiny playroom,



with your mouth into the sheet,


into the roofbeam, into the dumb prayer,



(Sylvia, Sylvia


where did you go


after you wrote me


from Devonshire


about rasing potatoes


and keeping bees?)



what did you stand by,


just how did you lie down into?



Thief --


how did you crawl into,



crawl down alone


into the death I wanted so badly and for so long,



the death we said we both outgrew,


the one we wore on our skinny breasts,



the one we talked of so often each time


we downed three extra dry martinis in Boston,



the death that talked of analysts and cures,


the death that talked like brides with plots,



the death we drank to,


the motives and the quiet deed?



(In Boston


the dying


ride in cabs,


yes death again,


that ride home


with our boy.)



O Sylvia, I remember the sleepy drummer


who beat on our eyes with an old story,



how we wanted to let him come


like a sadist or a New York fairy



to do his job,


a necessity, a window in a wall or a crib,



and since that time he waited


under our heart, our cupboard,



and I see now that we store him up


year after year, old suicides



and I know at the news of your death


a terrible taste for it, like salt,



(And me,


me too.


And now, Sylvia,


you again


with death again,


that ride home


with our boy.)



And I say only


with my arms stretched out into that stone place,



what is your death


but an old belonging,



a mole that fell out


of one of your poems?



(O friend,


while the moon's bad,


and the king's gone,


and the queen's at her wit's end


the bar fly ought to sing!)



O tiny mother,


you too!


O funny duchess!


O blonde thing!






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