Sharon Olds

(November 19, 1942 / San Francisco)

Sharon Olds Poems

1. The Knowing 4/3/2015
2. Unspeakable 5/27/2015
3. The Death of Marilyn Monroe 6/12/2015
4. The Flurry 5/27/2015
5. Her First Week 11/28/2014
6. My Son The Man 1/7/2015
7. Voices 11/19/2011
8. The Pact 11/19/2011
9. Still Life In Landscape 11/19/2011
10. I Could Not Tell 11/19/2011
11. Topography 11/19/2011
12. I Go Back To May 1937 11/19/2011
13. The Ferryer 1/20/2003
14. One Year 1/13/2003
15. The Sash 1/13/2003
16. The Space Heater 1/13/2003
17. A Week Later 1/13/2003
18. Take The I Out 1/20/2003
19. Crab 1/13/2003
20. The Mortal One 1/13/2003
21. Japanese-American Farmhouse, California, 1942 1/20/2003
22. Primitive 1/13/2003
23. The Daughter Goes To Camp 1/13/2003
24. The End 1/13/2003
25. The Borders 1/13/2003
26. The Clasp 1/13/2003
27. May 1968 1/20/2003
28. 1954 1/13/2003
29. The Victims 1/7/2004
30. The Unborn 1/13/2003
Best Poem of Sharon Olds

The Unborn

Sometimes I can almost see, around our heads,
Like gnats around a streetlight in summer,
The children we could have,
The glimmer of them.

Sometimes I feel them waiting, dozing
In some antechamber - servants, half-
Listening for the bell.

Sometimes I see them lying like love letters
In the Dead Letter Office

And sometimes, like tonight, by some black
Second sight I can feel just one of them
Standing on the edge of a cliff by the sea
In the dark, stretching its arms out
Desperately to me.

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The Sash

The first ones were attached to my dress
at the waist, one on either side,
right at the point where hands could clasp you and
pick you up, as if you were a hot
squeeze bottle of tree syrup, and the
sashes that emerged like axil buds from the
angles of the waist were used to play horses, that
racing across the cement while someone
held your reins and you could feel your flesh

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