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Anne Sexton - Cockroach

Roach, foulest of creatures,
who attacks with yellow teeth
and an army of cousins big as shoes,
you are lumps of coal that are mechanized
and when I turn on the light you scuttle
into the corners and there is this hiss upon the land.
Yet I know you are only the common angel
turned into, by way of enchantment, the ugliest.
Your uncle was made into an apple.
Your aunt was made into a Siamese cat,
all the rest were made into butterflies
but because you lied to God outrightly--
told him that all things on earth were in order--
He turned his wrath upon you and said,
I will make you the most loathsome,
I will make you into God's lie,
and never will a little girl fondle you
or hold your dark wings cupped in her palm.

But that was not true. Once in New Orleans
with a group of students a roach fled across
the floor and I shrieked and she picked it up
in her hands and held it from my fear for one hour.
And held it like a diamond ring that should not escape.
These days even the devil is getting overturned
and held up to the light like a glass of water.

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Poet: Anne Sexton
Poem: Cockroach
Poem of the Day: May 3 2005

Comment 5 of 5, added on August 27th, 2011 at 7:11 PM.
Muy informativo

Buen comienzo


chencezep from United States
Comment 4 of 5, added on February 9th, 2008 at 12:15 PM.

Para quien le interese, en mi blog del amasijo se transcribe una traducción al español del poema de Anne Sexton, especialmente traducido a mi pedido.

Colombo Maria del Carmen from Argentina
Comment 3 of 5, added on December 18th, 2005 at 10:57 AM.

cómo puedo hacer para encontrar una traducción al español del poema Cucaracha de Ann Sexton?
Gracias.

colombo maria del carmen from Argentina

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