Words by Sylvia Plath




After whose stroke the wood rings

And the echoes!

Echoes traveling

Off from the center like horses.


The sap

Wells like tears, like the

Water striving

To re-establish its mirror

Over the rock


That drops and turns,

A white skull

Eaten by weedy greens.

Years later I

Encounter them on the road–


Words dry and riderless,

The indefatigable hoof-taps,


From the bottom of the pool, fixed stars

Govern a life.

~Sylvia Plath, The Collected Poems


3 thoughts on “Words by Sylvia Plath

  1. Yes yes yes. She and Anne Sexton are my major influences. Well, and William Carlos William. But confessional poets totally stole my heart and threw away the key. I thought of including the tag Beat poet and I always consider adding them to that group but I think that was a bit before their time (?).


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