Treasure Island

Robert Rorabeck

(04/10/1978 / Berrien Springs)

Anne Sexton


So you’ve written poetry,
And have beautiful scars, like
Burns in the pie-crust of American:
And I’ll write your introduction,
Even though we’ve sold all the trees
And I don’t know you.
I’ve seen one picture of you,
But I will not stare when you come awake
Again under my tents, swooning like
The damp laundry, or the birds
Picked from the dunes by the sky;
And I would lay my arms down beneath
You, to be christened or knighted,
Though you might not think to speak of this
Until the depressions of the next millennia;
And though I should be the dirtiest man
In the bookstore, I will smile even as I buy
Those things they forgot and have fallen into
The vague quarries of such professions:
Though I cannot see it anymore, I am
Published in mutations of sky, and I love you.

Submitted: Wednesday, December 10, 2008

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  • Christine Austin Cole (9/29/2009 9:29:00 PM)

    I was reading Sexton tonight, just prior to coming here and found the segue from there to here a smooth one - which is, perhaps, one of the best compliments I could offer on this page.

    'beautiful scars, like / Burns in the pie-crust of American' was enough to ensure I didn't turn away part way through. And the closing four words, cinched it for me. Apparently, I am not alone.

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  • Patti Masterman (7/25/2009 10:34:00 AM)

    'And I would lay my arms down beneath
    You, to be christened or knighted, '- wow!
    'hough I cannot see it anymore, I am
    Published in mutations of sky, and I love you'-
    wow, this is some beautiful, awesome writing.
    Thanks for this.
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