Poem of the day 22 June 2010

Posted: June 22, 2010 by gustafhesse in Poem of the day
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Angel Of Fire And Genitals

Anne Sexton

 

Angel of the love affair, do you that other,

the dark one, that other me?

 

Angel of fire and genitals, do you know slime,

that green mama who first forced me to sing,

who put me first in the latrine, that pantomine

of brown where I was beggar and she was king?

I said, ‘The devil is down that festering hole.’

Then he bit me in the buttocks and took over my soul.

Fire woman, you of the anciet flame, you

of the bunsen burner, you of the candel,

you of the blast furnace, you of the barbecue,

you of the fierce solar energy, Mademoiselle,

take some ice, take some snow, take a month of rain

and you would gutter in the dark, cracking up your brain.

Mother of fire, let me stand at your devouring gate

as the sun dies in your arms and you loosen it’s terrible weight.

 

~ Anne Sexton from Angel of the Love Affair

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