Poets | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
April 28th, 2015 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 288,299 comments.
Sylvia Plath - Black Rook In Rainy Weather

On the stiff twig up there
Hunches a wet black rook
Arranging and rearranging its feathers in the rain.
I do not expect a miracle
Or an accident

To set the sight on fire
In my eye, nor seek
Any more in the desultory weather some design,
But let spotted leaves fall as they fall,
Without ceremony, or portent.

Although, I admit, I desire,
Occasionally, some backtalk
From the mute sky, I can't honestly complain:
A certain minor light may still
Lean incandescent

Out of kitchen table or chair
As if a celestial burning took
Possession of the most obtuse objects now and then --
Thus hallowing an interval
Otherwise inconsequent

By bestowing largesse, honor,
One might say love. At any rate, I now walk
Wary (for it could happen
Even in this dull, ruinous landscape); skeptical,
Yet politic; ignorant

Of whatever angel may choose to flare
Suddenly at my elbow. I only know that a rook
Ordering its black feathers can so shine
As to seize my senses, haul
My eyelids up, and grant

A brief respite from fear
Of total neutrality. With luck,
Trekking stubborn through this season
Of fatigue, I shall
Patch together a content

Of sorts. Miracles occur,
If you care to call those spasmodic
Tricks of radiance miracles. The wait's begun again,
The long wait for the angel,
For that rare, random descent.

Share |

Added: Feb 20 2003 | Viewed: 20972 times | Comments and analysis of Black Rook In Rainy Weather by Sylvia Plath Comments (489)

Black Rook In Rainy Weather - Comments and Information

Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: Black Rook In Rainy Weather
Volume: The Collected Poems
Year: Published/Written in 1956
Poem of the Day: Aug 21 2009

Comment 489 of 489, added on April 7th, 2015 at 1:54 PM.
ZUCZgBLbiqz

PL3Oz1 Hi, Neat post. There is a problem with your site in internet explorer, would check this��� IE still is the market leader and a large portion of people will miss your great writing due to this problem.

mattew crorkz from Belize
Comment 488 of 489, added on April 7th, 2015 at 9:43 AM.
ICUHZqLMIG

XRdwbB There is noticeably a bundle to identify about this. I feel you made various good points in features also.

crorkz mattz from Antigua and Barbuda
Comment 487 of 489, added on April 7th, 2015 at 8:47 AM.
bQxiAHJIaYcBjnaPOz

djn2JZ Very efficiently written article. It will be helpful to anyone who employess it, including me. Keep doing what you are doing - looking forward to more posts.

crorkz mattz from United Kingdom

Are you looking for more information on this poem? Perhaps you are trying to analyze it? The poem, Black Rook In Rainy Weather, has received 489 comments. Click here to read them, and perhaps post a comment of your own.

Poem Info

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