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Demon Analysis

Author: poem of Anne Sexton Type: poem Views: 11

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A young man is afraid of his demon and puts his hand

over the demon's mouth sometimes...
-- D. H. Lawrence

I mentioned my demon to a friend

and the friend swam in oil and came forth to me

greasy and cryptic

and said,

"I'm thinking of taking him out of hock.

I pawned him years ago."

Who would buy?

The pawned demon,

Yellowing with forgetfulness

and hand at his throat?

Take him out of hock, my friend,

but beware of the grief

that will fly into your mouth like a bird.

My demon,

too often undressed,

too often a crucifix I bring forth,

too often a dead daisy I give water to

too often the child I give birth to

and then abort, nameless, nameless...


Oh demon within,

I am afraid and seldom put my hand up

to my mouth and stitch it up

covering you, smothering you

from the public voyeury eyes

of my typewriter keys.

If I should pawn you,

what bullion would they give for you,

what pennies, swimming in their copper kisses

what bird on its way to perishing?



I accept you,

you come with the dead who people my dreams,

who walk all over my desk

(as in Mother, cancer blossoming on her

Best & Co. tits--

waltzing with her tissue paper ghost)

the dead, who give sweets to the diabetic in me,

who give bolts to the seizure of roses

that sometimes fly in and out of me.



I accept you, demon.

I will not cover your mouth.

If it be man I love, apple laden and foul

or if it be woman I love, sick unto her blood

and its sugary gasses and tumbling branches.

Demon come forth,

even if it be God I call forth

standing like a carrion,

wanting to eat me,

starting at the lips and tongue.

And me wanting to glide into His spoils,

I take bread and wine,

and the demon farts and giggles,

at my letting God out of my mouth

anonymous woman

at the anonymous altar.


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