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Anne Sexton - My Friend, My Friend

Who will forgive me for the things I do?
With no special legend of God to refer to,
With my calm white pedigree, my yankee kin,
I think it would be better to be a Jew.

I forgive you for what you did not do.
I am impossibly quilty. Unlike you,
My Friend, I can not blame my origin
With no special legend or God to refer to.

They wear The Crucifix as they are meant to do.
Why do their little crosses trouble you?
The effigies that I have made are genuine,
(I think it would be better to be a Jew).

Watching my mother slowly die I knew
My first release. I wish some ancient bugaboo
Followed me. But my sin is always my sin.
With no special legend or God to refer to.

Who will forgive me for the things I do?
To have your reasonable hurt to belong to
Might ease my trouble like liquor or aspirin.
I think it would be better to be a Jew.

And if I lie, I lie because I love you,
Because I am bothered by the things I do,
Because your hurt invades my calm white skin:
With no special legend or God to refer to,
I think it would be better to be a Jew.

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Poet: Anne Sexton
Poem: My Friend, My Friend

Comment 3 of 3, added on April 12th, 2014 at 1:28 AM.
This is crastyl clea

This is crastyl clear. Thanks for taking the time!

Della from Congo, Democratic Republic of
Comment 2 of 3, added on April 12th, 2014 at 1:28 AM.
This is crastyl clea

This is crastyl clear. Thanks for taking the time!

Della from Congo, Democratic Republic of
Comment 1 of 3, added on October 30th, 2005 at 9:05 PM.

wow this poem is beautiful.
it got to me
every one should read it


lucy from Bosnia and Herzegovina

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