Wednesday, October 04, 2006



"I will eat you slowly with kisses
even though the killer in you
has gotten out."--Anne Sexton

The pinkchalk dye
marks only wagging strings,
fringed needlepoint tracings
and balloons, pulsing and collapsing

in unseen hurricanes.
It does not reveal
the soft underground place
where pain drums at the bowel's door

like an oiled machine.
It shows how ribs
imprison the black heart
kicking at its bars

like a drunk
raving of the blade,
the blade,
God, the blade.

Annie knows.
She knows the body
is a damn hard thing
to kill.



Angel Feathers Tickle Me said...

Very Nice....

Anonymous said...

Wow that is very powerful - very very powerful. Amazing stuff. Well done. Are you going to send it off somewhere? I think you should. I'm going now to read it again ...

Nic said...

"how ribs
imprison the black heart
kicking at its bars"

Stunning image! Nice work. - Nic
Very Like A Whale

Tammy said...

I ditto Nic's favorite image! Stunning :)

Turquoise CRO said...

Phew! Yes! That should be sent somewhere! You better be working on a poem book too! lol

AscenderRisesAbove said...

excellent image with your words

Anonymous said...

Such a good duo and Anne make....High compliments.

Anonymous said...

Love it! I'm a huge Anne Sexton fan, so this poem is dead on. (Pun intended!)

Dana said...

Nicely done.

Deb R said...

Whoa. That one freaks me out a little. But that can be a good thing. Wow!

liz elayne said...

i reread this one several times...and when it all came together i knew i just had to say this to you:
thank you.

(i echo the choir of send this one off so that more people can read it)

twitches said...

Very cool. I love it.

Maryellen said...

Willpower, my favorite word. I really like this poetry. Having lived a fairly medically led life, I can relate in many ways.

Tammy said...

Manny was diagnosed with cancer and it was never a spider bite. After a horrible weekend, the drugs have once again shrunk the tumor. Thanks for asking :) XXOO