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Anne Sexton - Cigarettes And Whiskey And Wild, Wild Women

(from a song)

Perhaps I was born kneeling,
born coughing on the long winter,
born expecting the kiss of mercy,
born with a passion for quickness
and yet, as things progressed,
I learned early about the stockade
or taken out, the fume of the enema.
By two or three I learned not to kneel,
not to expect, to plant my fires underground
where none but the dolls, perfect and awful,
could be whispered to or laid down to die.

Now that I have written many words,
and let out so many loves, for so many,
and been altogether what I always wasó
a woman of excess, of zeal and greed,
I find the effort useless.
Do I not look in the mirror,
these days,
and see a drunken rat avert her eyes?
Do I not feel the hunger so acutely
that I would rather die than look
into its face?
I kneel once more,
in case mercy should come
in the nick of time.

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Poet: Anne Sexton
Poem: Cigarettes And Whiskey And Wild, Wild Women

Comment 67 of 67, added on July 19th, 2016 at 5:36 PM.
Hi MonaFirst when re

Hi MonaFirst when read Farah’s letter, I totally agreed with her but after reading yours I couldn’t but agree with you!!the point is that both of you were right, I am one of you guys and my concern is the one you me!iotnedn!VA:F [1.9.20_1166]

Henny from Slovakia Republic
Comment 66 of 67, added on July 19th, 2016 at 12:35 PM.
- Heya! I know this

- Heya! I know this is kind of off-topic but I had to ask. Does running a welblestal-ished blog like yours require a lot of work? I’m completely new to operating a blog however I do write in my diary everyday. I’d like to start a blog so I can share my personal experience and thoughts online. Please let me know if you have any kind of recommendations or tips for brand new aspiring bloggers. Thankyou!

Stretch from Czech Republic
Comment 65 of 67, added on December 31st, 2015 at 1:13 PM.
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