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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 - 164,526 Points Mohammed Asim Nehal (7/11/2016 11:05:00 PM)

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

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  • Silver Star - 3,040 Points Alisha Castle (1/7/2016 1:56:00 AM)

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

  • Gold Star - 73,898 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. Ancient Music , Ezra Pound
  4. 4. Music , Walter de la Mare
  5. 5. Music, When Soft Voices Die , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  6. 6. Celestial Music , Louise Gluck
  7. 7. Music Swims Back To Me , Anne Sexton
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  9. 9. Broken Music , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  10. 10. I Know The Music , Wilfred Owen
  11. 11. What Is Music To You? , Sylvia Chidi
  12. 12. At A Solemn Music , John Milton
  13. 13. (1) Before The Music Ends , Sandra Fowler
  14. 14. Sonnet 128: How Oft, When Thou, My Music.. , William Shakespeare
  15. 15. Music , Rainer Maria Rilke
  16. 16. Bagpipe Music , Louis Macneice
  17. 17. Call It Music , Philip Levine
  18. 18. Music , Frank O'Hara
  19. 19. April Music , s./j. goldner
  20. 20. To Music , Rainer Maria Rilke
  21. 21. The Music , Kathryn Thompson
  22. 22. Words For Music Perhaps , William Butler Yeats
  23. 23. Sonnet 8: Music To Hear, Why Hear'st Tho.. , William Shakespeare
  24. 24. That Music Always Round Me , Walt Whitman
  25. 25. Away With Funeral Music , Robert Louis Stevenson
  26. 26. Secret Music , Siegfried Sassoon
  27. 27. From Spring Days To Winter (For Music) , Oscar Wilde
  28. 28. Church Music , George Herbert
  29. 29. On Music , Thomas Moore
  30. 30. Alexander's Feast; Or, The Power Of Music , John Dryden
  31. 31. Music I Heard , Conrad Potter Aiken
  32. 32. Better—than Music! For I—who Heard It , Emily Dickinson
  33. 33. Perplexed Music , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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  36. 36. Proud Music Of The Storm , Walt Whitman
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  38. 38. Song And Music , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
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  49. 49. Music To Me Is Like Days , Les Murray
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