And One For My Dame Poem by Anne Sexton

And One For My Dame

Rating: 3.4


A born salesman,
my father made all his dough
by selling wool to Fieldcrest, Woolrich and Faribo.

A born talker,
he could sell one hundred wet-down bales
of that white stuff. He could clock the miles and the sales

and make it pay.
At home each sentence he would utter
had first pleased the buyer who'd paid him off in butter.

Each word
had been tried over and over, at any rate,
on the man who was sold by the man who filled my plate.

My father hovered
over the Yorkshire pudding and the beef:
a peddler, a hawker, a merchant and an Indian chief.

Roosevelt! Willkie! and war!
How suddenly gauche I was
with my old-maid heart and my funny teenage applause.

Each night at home
my father was in love with maps
while the radio fought its battles with Nazis and Japs.

Except when he hid
in his bedroom on a three-day drunk,
he typed out complex itineraries, packed his trunk,

his matched luggage
and pocketed a confirmed reservation,
his heart already pushing over the red routes of the nation.

I sit at my desk
each night with no place to go,
opening thee wrinkled maps of Milwaukee and Buffalo,

the whole U.S.,
its cemeteries, its arbitrary time zones,
through routes like small veins, capitals like small stones.

He died on the road,
his heart pushed from neck to back,
his white hanky signaling from the window of the Cadillac.

My husband,
as blue-eyed as a picture book, sells wool:
boxes of card waste, laps and rovings he can pull

to the thread
and say Leicester, Rambouillet, Merino,
a half-blood, it's greasy and thick, yellow as old snow.

And when you drive off, my darling,
Yes, sir! Yes, sir! It's one for my dame,
your sample cases branded with my father's name,

your itinerary open,
its tolls ticking and greedy,
its highways built up like new loves, raw and speedy.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Sylvia Frances Chan 09 July 2019

And when you drive off, my darling, Yes, sir! Yes, sir! It's one for my dame, your sample cases branded with my father's name, Mesmerizing poem, sheer Modern Poetry. Absolutely full entertainment with a tinge of irony and melancholy, but a true pleasure this treasure. Amusing read this treat. Congratulations with the Modern Poem Of The Day, to the great family of Anne Sexton. Enjoyed the read so much.

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Ratnakar Mandlik 09 July 2019

A great trip down the memory lane and recollection of all remembrances about father and his style of functioning as also traits of his loving adorable persona. Deserved modern poem of the Day.

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Aniruddha Pathak 25 August 2019

And when you drive off, my darling, Yes, sir! Yes, sir! It's one for my dame, your sample cases branded with my father's name, .. Filled with humour and irony, a poem well-crafted

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Adeeb Alfateh 09 July 2019

es, sir! Yes, sir! It's one for my dame, your sample cases branded with my father's name, excellent write great 10++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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Dr Antony Theodore 09 July 2019

Each night at home my father was in love with maps while the radio fought its battles with Nazis and Japs. HIstory and experiences. a good poem. tony

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Sylvia Frances Chan 10 May 2022

Congratulations being chosen ss the Modern Poem Of The Day, to the great family of Anne Sexton. Enjoyed the read so much. A great Tribute for her father, and a great pleasure to read this treasure

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Chinedu Dike 03 May 2022

An immensely passionate rendition exquisitely crafted with eloquent finesse.

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Chinedu Dike 18 November 2021

An insightful piece of poetry nicely put together with conviction.....

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