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Thursday, February 05, 2009

I have been her kind

Saw this poem by Anne Sexton today ...

Her kind

I have gone out, a possessed witch,
haunting the black air, braver at night;
dreaming evil, I have done my hitch
over the plain houses, light by light:
lonely thing, twelve-fingered, out of mind.
A woman like that is not a woman, quite.
I have been her kind.

I have found the warm caves in the woods,
filled them with skillets, carvings, shelves,
closets, silks, innumerable goods;
fixed the suppers for the worms and the elves:
whining, rearranging the disaligned.
A woman like that is misunderstood.
I have been her kind.

I have ridden in your cart, driver,
waved my nude arms at villages going by,
learning the last bright routes, survivor
where your flames still bite my thigh
and my ribs crack where your wheels wind.
A woman like that is not ashamed to die.
I have been her kind.


Blogger cowboyangel said...

Sexton was great. Have you ever heard her read her own work? She was excellent. She and Plath both were terrific readers. If you haven't heard her, look for some of her work on the web.

8:34 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

No, this was the first I'd ever heard of her. I'll look for some audio files of her's.

9:31 PM  

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