Anne Sexton
Newton, Massachusetts
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After Auschwitz

Rating: 3.6
Anger,
as black as a hook,
overtakes me.
Each day,
each Nazi
took, at 8: 00 A.M., a baby
and sauteed him for breakfast
in his frying pan.

And death looks on with a casual eye
and picks at the dirt under his fingernail.

Man is evil,
I say aloud.
Man is a flower
that should be burnt,
I say aloud.
Man
is a bird full of mud,
I say aloud.

And death looks on with a casual eye
and scratches his anus.

Man with his small pink toes,
with his miraculous fingers
is not a temple
but an outhouse,
I say aloud.
Let man never again raise his teacup.
Let man never again write a book.
Let man never again put on his shoe.
Let man never again raise his eyes,
on a soft July night.
Never. Never. Never. Never. Never.
I say those things aloud.

I beg the Lord not to hear.
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COMMENTS
Dr Antony Theodore 01 November 2020
Each day, each took, at 8: 00 A.M., a baby and sauteed him for breakfast in his frying pan. Man is evil. It is true. tony
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Dr Antony Theodore 28 September 2020
Anger, as black as a hook, overtakes me. Each day, each took, at 8: 00 A.M., a baby and sauteed him for breakfast in his frying pan. Terrible scenes and memories of Auschwitz. tony
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Ms Doubtfire 15 May 2020
The Lord has granted ALL my wants.
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Sarah Shahzad 11 January 2020
wow such a wonderful sharing i love it, thanks for sharing.. :)
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Julia Luber 27 June 2019
This could have gone on a lot longer.
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Castellenas John 02 April 2019
Honest, powerful and worthwhile words. Outstanding poetry.
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Nicole Settimi 06 March 2019
'I beg the Lord not to hear. ' - so much in that one line. I always loved this. Xx NDS
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Death scratching its, LOL.
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Cody Marks 23 November 2016
This one hits hard for me as it causes us to reflect on the state of man and whether or not his impact is good, if there is an impact to even make in the first place.
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