Anne Sexton

(9 November 1928 – 4 October 1974 / Newton, Massachusetts)

Knee Song


Being kissed on the back
of the knee is a moth
at the windowscreen and
yes my darling a dot
on the fathometer is
tinkerbelle with her cough
and twice I will give up my
honor and stars will stick
like tacks in the night
yes oh yes yes yes two
little snails at the back
of the knee building bon-
fires something like eye-
lashes something two zippos
striking yes yes yes small
and me maker.

Submitted: Monday, March 29, 2010

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