May 11th, 2007


Sexton, "Frenzy"


I am not lazy.
I am on the amphetamine of the soul.
I am, each day,
typing out the God
my typewriter believes in.
Very quick. Very intense,
like a wolf at a live heart.
Not lazy.
When a lazy man, they say,
looks toward heaven,
the angels close the windows.

Oh angels,
keep the windows open
so that I may reach in
and steal each object,
objects that tell me the sea is not dying,
objects that tell me the dirt has a life-wish,
that the Christ who walked for me,
walked on true ground
and that this frenzy,
like bees stinging the heart all morning,
will keep the angels
with their windows open,
wide as an English bathtub.

--Anne Sexton


I like the tags function a lot, except the system only allows for 100 of any particular tag. So now I'm coming up with sub-tags for poetry, but that isn't that great a system, either, if you just want to see all the poetry I've ever posted.