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The Child Bearers Analysis

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

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Jean, death comes close to us all,

flapping its awful wings at us

and the gluey wings crawl up our nose.

Our children tremble in their teen-age cribs,

whirling off on a thumb or a motorcycle,

mine pushed into gnawing a stilbestrol cancer

I passed on like hemophilia,

or yours in the seventh grade, with her spleen

smacked in by the balance beam.

And we, mothers, crumpled, and flyspotted

with bringing them this far

can do nothing now but pray.

Let us put your three children

and my two children,

ages ranging from eleven to twenty-one,

and send them in a large air net up to God,

with many stamps, real air mail,

and huge signs attached:



And perhaps He will notice

and pass a psalm over them

for keeping safe for a whole,

for a whole God-damned life-span.

And not even a muddled angel will

peek down at us in our foxhole.

And He will not have time

to send down an eyedropper of prayer for us,

the mothering thing of us,

as we drip into the soup

and drown

in the worry festering inside us,

lest our children

go so fast

they go.


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