Anne Sexton: Live

11 October 2019


Live or die, but don’t poison everything…
Well, death’s been here
for a long time—
it was a hell of a lot
to do with hell

Even so,
I kept right on going on,
a sort of human statement,
lugging myself as if
I were a sawed-off body
in the trunk, the steamer trunk.
This became a perjury of the soul.
It became an outright lie
and even though I dressed the body
it was still naked, still killed.
It was caught
in the first place at birth,
like a fish.
But I played it, dressed it up,
dressed it up like somebody’s doll.

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