Poets | Bookstore | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
July 23rd, 2014 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 115,441 comments.
Anne Sexton - In The Deep Museum

My God, my God, what queer corner am I in? 
Didn't I die, blood running down the post, 
lungs gagging for air, die there for the sin 
of anyone, my sour mouth giving up the ghost? 
Surely my body is done? Surely I died? 
And yet, I know, I'm here. What place is this? 
Cold and queer, I sting with life. I lied. 
Yes, I lied. Or else in some damned cowardice 
my body would not give me up. I touch 
fine cloth with my hand and my cheeks are cold. 
If this is hell, then hell could not be much, 
neither as special or as ugly as I was told. 
What's that I hear, snuffling and pawing its way 
toward me? Its tongue knocks a pebble out of place 
as it slides in, a sovereign. How can I pray> 
It is panting; it is an odor with a face 
like the skin of a donkey. It laps my sores. 
It is hurt, I think, as a I touch its little head. 
It bleeds. I have forgiven murderers and whores 
and now must wait like old Jonah, not dead 
nor alive, stroking a clumsy animal. A rat. 
His teeth test me; he waits like a good cook, 
knowing his own ground. I forgive him that, 
as I forgave my Judas the money he took. 
Now I hold his soft red sore to my lips 
as his brothers crowd in, hairy angels who take 
my gift. My ankles are a flute. I lose hips 
and wrists. For three days, for love's sake, 
I bless this other death. Oh, not in air -- 
in dirt. Under the rotting veins of its roots, 
under the markets, under the sheep bed where 
the hill is food, under the slippery fruits 
of the vineyard, I go. Unto the bellies and jaws 
of rats I commit my prophecy and fear. 
Far below The Cross, I correct its flaws. 
We have kept the miracle. I will not be here.

Share |

Added: Feb 20 2003 | Viewed: 1472 times | Comments and analysis of In The Deep Museum by Anne Sexton Comments (2)

In The Deep Museum - Comments and Information

Poet: Anne Sexton
Poem: In The Deep Museum

Comment 2 of 2, added on March 4th, 2013 at 6:39 AM.
CncxAcJMudEpfjINPbF

I am SO glad to have met Phil a few years ago, the guy is as friendly as can be and alyaws willing to share a wealth of information.Phil, thanks so much for all you do. Not only for all of the John Hall agents out there ( they are lucky to have you ) but for all you do for our entire industry, as well.You rock, dude.

Moogii from China
Comment 1 of 2, added on September 1st, 2005 at 3:04 PM.

Her linguistic tones speek to me in a way only Emily D. has come to do.

Hayley

Are you looking for more information on this poem? Perhaps you are trying to analyze it? The poem, In The Deep Museum, has received 2 comments. Click here to read them, and perhaps post a comment of your own.

Poem Info

Sexton Info
Copyright © 2000-2012 Gunnar Bengtsson. All Rights Reserved. Links | Bookstore