beautiful is the grotesque
though I may change
I’m not giving up anything
with absolute certainty
those spots I’ve long been sporting
aren’t about to disappear anytime soon
sylvia wrote about limitations
about her beautiful grotesqueness
and though I stumbled upon her words
by sheer coincidence
I was sure they were my very own
long before I was ever born
all my life I’ve been chasing stars
and trailing the moon
imitating them to a fault
ever changing but always the same
april two thousand eighteen
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Oh my gosh, I feel exactly the same way about Sylvia.
Have you read her journals? They contain some of the best poetry I’ve ever read.
Do you own a copy? I want to read the unabridged version. Gotta get my hands on that soon.
there is an online version ~ here is the link: https://www.e-reading.club/bookreader.php/1008498/Kukil_-_The_Unabridged_Journals_of_Sylvia_Plath.html
thank you very much
Always good to feel like you have made a connection – like there is/ was a kindred spirit out there.
Thank you for sharing your thought on this one, Chris.
beautiful grotesque= Flannery O’Connor. (love Sylvia too, and this poem)
I’m a big fan of Flannery as well. This poem was sparked from a Plath journal entry I came across last night. Thanks so much, Margaret, now I will have to revisit Ms. O’Conner.
now i’m going to have to look up Plath’s journal entries. thanks a lot!! 😉
I cannot resist asking this….but should one consider you to be “Plathetic” *giggles*
I never gave it much thought but I suppose I am.
a special name for you then.
Beautiful and poignant poem, John, and I love Sylvia’s work, too…
Thank you so very much, Lauren. I hope you’re having a lovely day.
Thanks, John, and hope you are, too! 🙂
Pls see this
thank you and I will