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Music Swims Back To Me - Poem by Anne Sexton

Wait Mister. Which way is home?
They turned the light out
and the dark is moving in the corner.
There are no sign posts in this room,
four ladies, over eighty,
in diapers every one of them.
La la la, Oh music swims back to me
and I can feel the tune they played
the night they left me
in this private institution on a hill.

Imagine it. A radio playing
and everyone here was crazy.
I liked it and danced in a circle.
Music pours over the sense
and in a funny way
music sees more than I.
I mean it remembers better;
remembers the first night here.
It was the strangled cold of November;
even the stars were strapped in the sky
and that moon too bright
forking through the bars to stick me
with a singing in the head.
I have forgotten all the rest.

They lock me in this chair at eight a.m.
and there are no signs to tell the way,
just the radio beating to itself
and the song that remembers
more than I. Oh, la la la,
this music swims back to me.
The night I came I danced a circle
and was not afraid.
Mister?


Comments about Music Swims Back To Me by Anne Sexton

  • Gold Star - 163,028 Points Mohammed Asim Nehal (7/11/2016 11:05:00 PM)

    The magic of music nicely described... (Report) Reply

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  • Bronze Star - 2,974 Points Alisha Castle (1/7/2016 1:56:00 AM)

    Good described poetry........ (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 73,032 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (3/4/2015 2:39:00 AM)

    Fantastic expression of human woes in an adverse situation and where radio music only soothing the mind. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Music

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  2. 2. Dirge Without Music , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  3. 3. Celestial Music , Louise Gluck
  4. 4. Music , Walter de la Mare
  5. 5. Ancient Music , Ezra Pound
  6. 6. Music, When Soft Voices Die , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  7. 7. I Know The Music , Wilfred Owen
  8. 8. We Are The Music-Makers , Arthur William Edgar O'Shaug ..
  9. 9. Broken Music , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  10. 10. Music Swims Back To Me , Anne Sexton
  11. 11. What Is Music To You? , Sylvia Chidi
  12. 12. (1) Before The Music Ends , Sandra Fowler
  13. 13. Bagpipe Music , Louis Macneice
  14. 14. Music , Rainer Maria Rilke
  15. 15. Sonnet 128: How Oft, When Thou, My Music.. , William Shakespeare
  16. 16. Call It Music , Philip Levine
  17. 17. Music , Frank O'Hara
  18. 18. At A Solemn Music , John Milton
  19. 19. April Music , s./j. goldner
  20. 20. Sonnet 8: Music To Hear, Why Hear'st Tho.. , William Shakespeare
  21. 21. To Music , Rainer Maria Rilke
  22. 22. Words For Music Perhaps , William Butler Yeats
  23. 23. That Music Always Round Me , Walt Whitman
  24. 24. The Music , Kathryn Thompson
  25. 25. Music I Heard , Conrad Potter Aiken
  26. 26. Alexander's Feast; Or, The Power Of Music , John Dryden
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  28. 28. Better—than Music! For I—who Heard It , Emily Dickinson
  29. 29. From Spring Days To Winter (For Music) , Oscar Wilde
  30. 30. Church Music , George Herbert
  31. 31. On Music , Thomas Moore
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  34. 34. Perplexed Music , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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  38. 38. Italian Music In Dakota , Walt Whitman
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  48. 48. Music: An Ode , Algernon Charles Swinburne
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