Poets | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
May 29th, 2015 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 288,562 comments.
Anne Sexton - The Evil Seekers

We are born with luck
which is to say with gold in our mouth.
As new and smooth as a grape,
as pure as a pond in Alaska,
as good as the stem of a green bean--
we are born and that ought to be enough,
we ought to be able to carry on from that
but one must learn about evil,
learn what is subhuman,
learn how the blood pops out like a scream,
one must see the night
before one can realize the day,
one must listen hard to the animal within,
one must walk like a sleepwalker
on the edge of a roof,
one must throw some part of her body
into the devil's mouth.
Odd stuff, you'd say.
But I'd say
you must die a little,
have a book of matches go off in your hand,
see your best friend copying your exam,
visit an Indian reservation and see
their plastic feathers,
the dead dream.
One must be a prisoner just once to hear
the lock twist into his gut.
After all that
one is free to grasp at the trees, the stones,
the sky, the birds that make sense out of air.
But even in a telephone booth
evil can seep out of the receiver
and we must cover it with a mattress,
and then tear it from its roots
and bury it,
bury it.

Share |

Added: Feb 20 2003 | Viewed: 922 times | Comments and analysis of The Evil Seekers by Anne Sexton Comments (15)

The Evil Seekers - Comments and Information

Poet: Anne Sexton
Poem: The Evil Seekers
Poem of the Day: May 10 2004

Comment 15 of 15, added on March 7th, 2015 at 2:17 AM.
nYkIboyPfvau

xBkClS whoah this weblog is wonderful i love studying your posts. Stay up the good work! You already know, a lot of persons are searching around for this information, you can help them greatly.

crork work from Colombia
Comment 14 of 15, added on August 4th, 2014 at 4:09 PM.
bKTEClGZIKf

1YL6kd Wow, great blog article.Thanks Again. Fantastic.

matzcrorkz from Congo, Democratic Republic of
Comment 13 of 15, added on August 3rd, 2014 at 2:43 PM.
peHPGezKuYBNau

bMgPXl This is one awesome blog.Much thanks again. Great.

crorkz matz from Sri Lanka

Are you looking for more information on this poem? Perhaps you are trying to analyze it? The poem, The Evil Seekers, has received 15 comments. Click here to read them, and perhaps post a comment of your own.

Poem Info

Sexton Info
Copyright © 2000-2015 Gunnar Bengtsson. All Rights Reserved. Links