Saturday, November 26, 2011

Words by Anne Sexton

Annie, thank you for the words, the scroll of amazing words and YOUR caring, beautiful heart...
By Anne Sexton
Be careful of words,
even the miraculous ones.
For the miraculous we do our best,
sometimes they swarm like insects
and leave not a sting but a kiss.
They can be as good as fingers.
They can be as trusty as the rock
you stick your bottom on.
But they can be both daisies and bruises.

Yet I am in love with words.
They are doves falling out of the ceiling.
They are six holy oranges sitting in my lap.
They are the trees, the legs of summer,
and the sun, its passionate face.

Yet often they fail me.
I have so much I want to say,
so many stories, images, proverbs, etc.
But the words aren't good enough,
the wrong ones kiss me.
Sometimes I fly like an eagle
but with the wings of a wren.

But I try to take care
and be gentle to them.
Words and eggs must be handled with care.
Once broken they are impossible
things to repair.
From:  "The Complete Poems:  Anne Sexton", pages 463, 464


"A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out."  ~Grace Pulpit


Wine and Words said...

You are most welcome my dear Marion. I love Anne's poems...wish I could just add the "i" and be as good :)

Wine and Words said...

Did my comment go through? Ack..... Damn blogger.