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Anne Sexton - After Auschwitz

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.
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.

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Poet: Anne Sexton
Poem: After Auschwitz
Poem of the Day: May 10 2012

Comment 10 of 10, added on January 4th, 2012 at 9:57 PM.

Short, sweet, to the point, FREE-exactly as infroamtion should be!

Alexavier from Turkey
Comment 9 of 10, added on January 30th, 2011 at 7:23 PM.

i orgasmed when i read this poem. i am more awesome than the person below me also

Tamra from United States
Comment 8 of 10, added on March 28th, 2007 at 8:24 AM.

I love this poem I am so great also

Lauren Long from Algeria

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