Anne Sexton

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

Raccoon Poem by Anne Sexton


Coon, why did you come to this dance
with a mask on? Why not the tin man
and his rainbow girl? Why not Racine,
his hair marcelled down to his chest?
Why not come as a stomach digesting
its worms? Why you little fellow
with your ears at attention and your
nose poking up like a microphone?
You whig emblem, you woman chaser,
who do you dance over the wide lawn tonight
clanging the garbage pail like great silver bells?

Submitted: Monday, March 29, 2010

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