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Sylvia Plath - I Am Vertical

But I would rather be horizontal.
I am not a tree with my root in the soil
Sucking up minerals and motherly love
So that each March I may gleam into leaf,
Nor am I the beauty of a garden bed
Attracting my share of Ahs and spectacularly painted,
Unknowing I must soon unpetal.
Compared with me, a tree is immortal
And a flower-head not tall, but more startling,
And I want the one's longevity and the other's daring.

Tonight, in the infinitesimal light of the stars,
The trees and flowers have been strewing their cool odors.
I walk among them, but none of them are noticing.
Sometimes I think that when I am sleeping
I must most perfectly resemble them--
Thoughts gone dim.
It is more natural to me, lying down.
Then the sky and I are in open conversation,
And I shall be useful when I lie down finally:
The the trees may touch me for once, and the flowers have time for me.

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Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: I Am Vertical
Volume: The Collected Poems
Year: Published/Written in 1961

Comment 122 of 122, added on December 31st, 2015 at 7:06 AM.
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Comment 121 of 122, added on December 12th, 2015 at 11:29 PM.
YIKES!!! That is so

YIKES!!! That is so incredible (and sllihtgy disturbing at the same time haha). I have actually wondered if these types of things (finding a mummified detached body part) really do happen and if people are still able to dig these types of things up. I guess it is possible! Really enjoyed this blog. You learn something new everyday!

Antonella from Rwandese Republic (Rwanda)
Comment 120 of 122, added on November 28th, 2015 at 6:35 AM.
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