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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 - 162,440 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 - 2,971 Points Alisha Castle (1/7/2016 1:56:00 AM)

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

  • Gold Star - 72,034 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. Celestial Music , Louise Gluck
  4. 4. Ancient Music , Ezra Pound
  5. 5. Music , Walter de la Mare
  6. 6. Broken Music , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  7. 7. Music, When Soft Voices Die , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  8. 8. I Know The Music , Wilfred Owen
  9. 9. Music Swims Back To Me , Anne Sexton
  10. 10. What Is Music To You? , Sylvia Chidi
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  12. 12. Music , Rainer Maria Rilke
  13. 13. Sonnet 128: How Oft, When Thou, My Music.. , William Shakespeare
  14. 14. (1) Before The Music Ends , Sandra Fowler
  15. 15. Bagpipe Music , Louis Macneice
  16. 16. Music , Frank O'Hara
  17. 17. Sonnet 8: Music To Hear, Why Hear'st Tho.. , William Shakespeare
  18. 18. To Music , Rainer Maria Rilke
  19. 19. At A Solemn Music , John Milton
  20. 20. April Music , s./j. goldner
  21. 21. Words For Music Perhaps , William Butler Yeats
  22. 22. That Music Always Round Me , Walt Whitman
  23. 23. The Music , Kathryn Thompson
  24. 24. Music I Heard , Conrad Potter Aiken
  25. 25. On Music , Thomas Moore
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  27. 27. Music , Wilfred Owen
  28. 28. Alexander's Feast; Or, The Power Of Music , John Dryden
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  30. 30. Church Music , George Herbert
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  47. 47. Music: An Ode , Algernon Charles Swinburne
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