by Victor K. Pryles
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I remember her. Do you?
Oh. I'm shivering, Silvia.
I'm still shivering.
You spoke do!
You and death's child Anne.
Back then when, my own child, I needed to hear you both.
Now I'm old and I want suicide best as you.
Best as you and Sexton.
Couldn't possbile be as best as you.
Best and you and Sexton.
BUT I CAN DIE AS SIMPLY AS YOU BOTH. MY SOUL IS SIMPLE.
Aren't all the souls as simple as you and me?
They will laugh at the spelling sweet child of night....aren't....won't they?
But underdeath it all there---
only a hooope of death.
D----eath..death...a great groodbye.
I slit my wrists, and wondered back then about how awful His Idea was.
Life, sweet life,--- is there love?
If so, then I no longer wish to slit my wrists
I only hooope.
I hoope (mispelled)
But now my age tells me that it will soon be my heart that stops....stops...stops..hurray!
I'm not 23, when I slit my wrists and worshipped you sweet Poestesses--I'm now quite old and quite less gifted and dream of death and know of death much more than you---sweet poetesses.
I know beacuse I'm still alive.
Isn't that so nice?
Taking words and messaging them until they break into brittle peices
like my breath.
I'm losing my breath sweet angels.
But I remebmer you both--justifying your defiance. Oh! How rediculous I feel. Among your words--
Oh! I'm shivering Silvia.
I'm still shivering.
You spoke do.
Do---slip into the sweet depths of the deep drowning diaphanous depths of the water...
to join you...
it was there, the water that never let the blood flow...I was too stupid
it was that, simpleton, me...
But now I know-- I CAN kill myself----
But now I'm too old
But still so young,
as you to think that these horrid realizations are enough to make me wish upon death
I won't do it, sweet sisters of breath and words and life.
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|Reviewed by Mei Liu (Reader)
|"Ennui," a previously unpublished poem by the late Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Sylvia Plath, will appear November 1, 2006 in Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts (www.blackbird.vcu.edu). Journey, a published poet and recent winner of the Wabash Prize from Sycamore Review, is the author of a forthcoming scholarly article on "Ennui."
Mei Liu (Intern, Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts)
|Reviewed by Monika Arnett-Cochran
|Powerful...yes! Embracing with peaceful love....I thank you.|
|Reviewed by Nicole Davis Vergara (Reader)
|Beautiful, Unique, Interesting and Intriguing...Have VERY MUCH enjoyed this write!
|Reviewed by Robin Ouzman Hislop
|V moving to read it, living with age, poetry & them after having committed a domestic suicide at least|
|Reviewed by Janet Caldwell
|Sexton & Plath were remarkable poets. Their poems and bios certainly left a mark on me, almost inviting me to join them. Like you, I refused and kept on living, at least trying to live. Excellent piece.
|Reviewed by T. Emilie Dybevik (Reader)
|This awed me! I love Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath! Fine poets. I agree in every way--they were too young. Your images and longing are very exquisite. This is a very fine piece of work. Was a pleasure to read you.
|Reviewed by Andi Chrisman (Reader)
|powerful, the references to Plath and Sexton are like none I've seen before...very very powerful|