Anne Sexton Poems

Hit Title Date Added
11.
Baby Picture

It's in the heart of the grape
where that smile lies.
It's in the good-bye-bow in the hair
where that smile lies.
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12.
Barefoot

Loving me with my shoes off
means loving my long brown legs,
sweet dears, as good as spoons;
and my feet, those two children
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13.
Christmas Eve

Oh sharp diamond, my mother!
I could not count the cost
of all your faces, your moods-
that present that I lost.
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14.
Again And Again And Again

You said the anger would come back
just as the love did.

I have a black look I do not
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15.
A Curse Against Elegies

Oh, love, why do we argue like this?
I am tired of all your pious talk.
Also, I am tired of all the dead.
They refuse to listen,
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16.
Despair

Who is he?
A railroad track toward hell?
Breaking like a stick of furniture?
The hope that suddenly overflows the cesspool?
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17.
Buying The Whore

You are the roast beef I have purchased
and I stuff you with my very own onion.

You are a boat I have rented by the hour
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18.
All My Pretty Ones

Father, this year's jinx rides us apart
where you followed our mother to her cold slumber;
a second shock boiling its stone to your heart,
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19.
For My Lover, Returning To His Wife

She is all there.
She was melted carefully down for you
and cast up from your childhood,
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20.
As It Was Written

Earth, earth,
riding your merry-go-round
toward extinction,
right to the roots,
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