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Music Swims Back To Me - Poem by Anne Sexton

Wait Mister. Which way is home?
They turned the light out
and the dark is moving in the corner.
There are no sign posts in this room,
four ladies, over eighty,
in diapers every one of them.
La la la, Oh music swims back to me
and I can feel the tune they played
the night they left me
in this private institution on a hill.

Imagine it. A radio playing
and everyone here was crazy.
I liked it and danced in a circle.
Music pours over the sense
and in a funny way
music sees more than I.
I mean it remembers better;
remembers the first night here.
It was the strangled cold of November;
even the stars were strapped in the sky
and that moon too bright
forking through the bars to stick me
with a singing in the head.
I have forgotten all the rest.

They lock me in this chair at eight a.m.
and there are no signs to tell the way,
just the radio beating to itself
and the song that remembers
more than I. Oh, la la la,
this music swims back to me.
The night I came I danced a circle
and was not afraid.
Mister?


Comments about Music Swims Back To Me by Anne Sexton

  • Gold Star - 161,724 Points Mohammed Asim Nehal (7/11/2016 11:05:00 PM)

    The magic of music nicely described... (Report) Reply

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  • Bronze Star - 2,910 Points Alisha Castle (1/7/2016 1:56:00 AM)

    Good described poetry........ (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 71,607 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (3/4/2015 2:39:00 AM)

    Fantastic expression of human woes in an adverse situation and where radio music only soothing the mind. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Music

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  2. 2. Dirge Without Music , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  3. 3. Music , Walter de la Mare
  4. 4. Celestial Music , Louise Gluck
  5. 5. Music, When Soft Voices Die , Percy Bysshe Shelley
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  7. 7. Music Swims Back To Me , Anne Sexton
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  16. 16. Music , Rainer Maria Rilke
  17. 17. To Music , Rainer Maria Rilke
  18. 18. At A Solemn Music , John Milton
  19. 19. April Music , s./j. goldner
  20. 20. Words For Music Perhaps , William Butler Yeats
  21. 21. From Spring Days To Winter (For Music) , Oscar Wilde
  22. 22. On Music , Thomas Moore
  23. 23. Music I Heard , Conrad Potter Aiken
  24. 24. The Music , Kathryn Thompson
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  27. 27. Church Music , George Herbert
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