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Sylvia Plath - The Rival

If the moon smiled, she would resemble you.
You leave the same impression
Of something beautiful, but annihilating.
Both of you are great light borrowers.
Her O-mouth grieves at the world; yours is unaffected,

And your first gift is making stone out of everything.
I wake to a mausoleum; you are here,
Ticking your fingers on the marble table, looking for cigarettes,
Spiteful as a woman, but not so nervous,
And dying to say something unanswerable.

The moon, too, abuses her subjects,
But in the daytime she is ridiculous.
Your dissatisfactions, on the other hand,
Arrive through the mailslot with loving regularity,
White and blank, expansive as carbon monoxide.

No day is safe from news of you,
Walking about in Africa maybe, but thinking of me.

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Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: The Rival
Volume: The Collected Poems
Year: Published/Written in 1961
Poem of the Day: Jan 13 2005

Comment 12 of 12, added on November 7th, 2013 at 10:08 AM.
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This poem makes my pants tighter

Khyum from Fiji
Comment 11 of 12, added on October 24th, 2013 at 10:24 AM.
The Rival

This poem really triggered emotions ive never felt before. I cried for 10 minutes after reading this piece of literary brilliance, I agree with Ajay, this poem completes my life. Sylvia

Ahmad from United Kingdom
Comment 10 of 12, added on October 24th, 2013 at 10:20 AM.
yes

I agree with Ajay, i cried too

Ahmad from United Kingdom

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