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Anne Sexton - The Nude Swim

On the southwest side of Capri
we found a little unknown grotto
where no people were and we
entered it completely
and let our bodies lose all
their loneliness.

All the fish in us
had escaped for a minute.
The real fish did not mind.
We did not disturb their personal life.
We calmly trailed over them
and under them, shedding
air bubbles, little white
balloons that drifted up
into the sun by the boat
where the Italian boatman slept
with his hat over his face.

Water so clear you could
read a book through it.
Water so buoyant you could
float on your elbow.
I lay on it as on a divan.
I lay on it just like
Matisse's Red Odalisque.
Water was my strange flower,
one must picture a woman
without a toga or a scarf
on a couch as deep as a tomb.

The walls of that grotto
were everycolor blue and
you said, "Look! Your eyes
are seacolor.  Look!  Your eyes
are skycolor."  And my eyes
shut down as if they were
suddenly ashamed.

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Poet: Anne Sexton
Poem: The Nude Swim
Volume: The Love Poems

Comment 5 of 5, added on April 12th, 2014 at 2:40 PM.
February 10, 2011 -

February 10, 2011 - 3:01 pm The same people who biveele this tell real estate agents to call everyone they know every couple of weeks and ask for business. They would have you pushing for business at every little league game, birthday party or while standing in line at the grocery store. The sad thing is how many desperate souls biveele this hype and actually pay for the advice.

Jimmy from Slovakia Republic
Comment 4 of 5, added on February 5th, 2006 at 12:24 PM.

Yes.. I agree ..8

from Zimbabwe
Comment 3 of 5, added on August 12th, 2005 at 1:45 AM.

Indeed lovely and calm too, just oozes the mood.
I run a small poetry press, and see a great deal,
yours is just nice all round.

from United Kingdom

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