Anne Sexton

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

A Story For Rose On The Midnight Flight To Boston - Poem by Anne Sexton

Until tonight they were separate specialties,
different stories, the best of their own worst.
Riding my warm cabin home, I remember Betsy's
laughter; she laughed as you did, Rose, at the first
story. Someday, I promised her, I'll be someone
going somewhere and we plotted it in the humdrum
school for proper girls. The next April the plane
bucked me like a horse, my elevators turned
and fear blew down my throat, that last profane
gauge of a stomach coming up. And then returned
to land, as unlovely as any seasick sailor,
sincerely eighteen; my first story, my funny failure.
Maybe Rose, there is always another story,
better unsaid, grim or flat or predatory.
Half a mile down the lights of the in-between cities
turn up their eyes at me. And I remember Betsy's
story, the April night of the civilian air crash
and her sudden name misspelled in the evening paper,
the interior of shock and the paper gone in the trash
ten years now. She used the return ticket I gave her.
This was the rude kill of her; two planes cracking
in mid-air over Washington, like blind birds.
And the picking up afterwards, the morticians tracking
bodies in the Potomac and piecing them like boards
to make a leg or a face. There is only her miniature
photograph left, too long now for fear to remember.
Special tonight because I made her into a story
that I grew to know and savor.
A reason to worry,
Rose, when you fix an old death like that,
and outliving the impact, to find you've pretended.
We bank over Boston. I am safe. I put on my hat.
I am almost someone going home. The story has ended.

Comments about A Story For Rose On The Midnight Flight To Boston by Anne Sexton

  • Narayanan Kutty Pozhath (5/3/2018 9:01:00 AM)

    Rose on the Midnight Flight to Boston is a beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

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  • Sylvaonyema Uba (2/22/2017 5:52:00 PM)

    A nicely structured narrative poem.

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  • Col Muhamad Khalid Khan (11/9/2016 10:01:00 AM)

    A Story for Rose
    Wonderful but tragic poem touch the heart Anne. Congrats for being member of the day
    Col Muhammad Khalid Khan
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  • Stu Penduss (11/9/2016 9:34:00 AM)

    This is terrific!
    This is a fantastic poem, very poignant and tragic, and deserves a much higher rating than it has so far, a measly 2.7 out of five. Anne Sexton., if she were still alive and in control of her poet page, would delete all the scores and make us start over. (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (11/9/2016 8:17:00 AM)

    Very nice. Enjoyed. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (11/9/2016 1:26:00 AM)

    That i grew to know and savor! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (11/9/2016 12:37:00 AM)

    I am safe. I put on my hat.
    I am almost someone going home.

    Midnight flight results to sad plight......
    (Report) Reply

  • Ranak Zaman (4/25/2016 1:13:00 PM)

    such a beaty (Report) Reply

  • (8/29/2015 7:04:00 PM)

    .....a terrible tragedy...very sad to lose a loved one ★ (Report) Reply

  • (2/1/2008 7:39:00 AM)

    Exciting images … she still breathes, with suffers and has a good time in her verses …
    «The history has not just end …»
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Poem Edited: Wednesday, August 11, 2010

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