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Christmas Eve - Poem by Anne Sexton
Oh sharp diamond, my mother!
I could not count the cost
of all your faces, your moods-
that present that I lost.
Sweet girl, my deathbed,
my jewel-fingered lady,
your portrait flickered all night
by the bulbs of the tree.
Your face as calm as the moon
over a mannered sea,
presided at the family reunion,
the twelve grandchildren
you used to wear on your wrist,
a three-months-old baby,
a fat check you never wrote,
the red-haired toddler who danced the twist,
your aging daughters, each one a wife,
each one talking to the family cook,
each one avoiding your portrait,
each one aping your life.
Later, after the party,
after the house went to bed,
I sat up drinking the Christmas brandy,
watching your picture,
letting the tree move in and out of focus.
The bulbs vibrated.
They were a halo over your forehead.
Then they were a beehive,
blue, yellow, green, red;
each with its own juice, each hot and alive
stinging your face. But you did not move.
I continued to watch, forcing myself,
waiting, inexhaustible, thirty-five.
I wanted your eyes, like the shadows
of two small birds, to change.
But they did not age.
The smile that gathered me in, all wit,
all charm, was invincible.
Hour after hour I looked at your face
but I could not pull the roots out of it.
Then I watched how the sun hit your red sweater, your withered neck,
your badly painted flesh-pink skin.
You who led me by the nose, I saw you as you were.
Then I thought of your body
as one thinks of murder-
Then I said Mary-
Mary, Mary, forgive me
and then I touched a present for the child,
the last I bred before your death;
and then I touched my breast
and then I touched the floor
and then my breast again as if,
somehow, it were one of yours.
Comments about Christmas Eve by Anne Sexton
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- 2. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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- 4. Christmas Bells , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- 5. A Christmas Ghost Story. , Thomas Hardy
- 6. Christmas Carol , Sara Teasdale
- 7. A Christmas Tree! A Christmas Tree! , David Keig
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- 9. Jest 'Fore Christmas , Eugene Field
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- 17. A Christmas Carol , William Topaz McGonagall
- 18. Christmas Fancies , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
- 19. Lines For A Christmas Card , Hilaire Belloc
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- 21. Christmas Spirit , Paul Moosberg
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- 27. Christmas Holidays , Thomas Hood
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- 30. A Christmas Wish , David Keig
- 31. The Christmas Night , Lucy Maud Montgomery
- 32. A Christmas Carol, Sung To The King In T.. , Robert Herrick
- 33. A Tale Of Christmas Eve , William Topaz McGonagall
- 34. Christmas At Mel’s , C.J. Heck
- 35. Baby's First Christmas (Children) , C.J. Heck
- 36. A Christmas Carol , George Wither
- 37. Christmas At The Orphanage , Bill Knott
- 38. The House Of Christmas , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
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- 40. The Christmas-Box , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- 41. The Cast Of Christmas Reassembles For Ea.. , Steve Turner
- 42. Christmas , Henry Timrod
- 43. Christmas Treasures , Eugene Field
- 44. Modern Love Xxiii: 'Tis Christmas Weather , George Meredith
- 45. (728) Christmas Joy , Melvina Germain
- 46. Christmas Spirit , Tess Gurney
- 47. The Mistletoe (A Christmas Tale) , Mary Darby Robinson
- 48. A White Christmas , Carla Jean Laglia Esely
- 49. Christmas In Australia , Victor James Daley
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