Thursday, 7 November 2013

Day 475: Fury of Sunsets


The end of the day brings out frustration in Anne Sexton, and also existential wondering. In brilliant language, as always.

The Fury of Sunsets - Anne Sexton 

cold is in the air,
an aura of ice
and phlegm.
All day I've built
a lifetime and now
the sun sinks to
undo it.
The horizon bleeds
and sucks its thumb.
The little red thumb
goes out of sight.
And I wonder about
this lifetime with myself,
this dream I'm living.
I could eat the sky
like an apple
but I'd rather
ask the first star:
why am I here?
why do I live in this house?
who's responsible?

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