Meanwhile in my head, I'm undergoing open-heart surgery - Anne Sexton

Is there a word — is there a face I know not of
that could perhaps explain?

No. No. All lies. I never needed an explanation.
I wanted the music. Craved it badly.
I treaded upon the echoes.
I found voicelessness and pursued it as well.

The thought is the lie, the sentiment recreates
the beginning.

I am here.
My mind is not doing the trick anymore.
I am here.

There goes your explanation.
It comes with a presence.
It is honest.
It sings.

" - Anne Sexton, from The Complete Poems: Presence
286"all of me
breathes you in […]" - Margaret Atwood, from Yes At First
504"To live is to be
uncertain." - Erica Jong, from You Are There
3738"But mostly I just stand in the dark field,
in the middle of the world, breathing —" - Mary Oliver, from What Is There Beyond Knowing

(Source: barnsburntdownnow)

375"Too many words, not enough ears." - Alissa Quart, from Instrumental
607"It’s good, I think, to assume as little as possible at all times." - John Gallaher, from In a Landscape: XXXVII

I need the day’s sharpness—

deeper water,
something alive to sift

through me and kill.

" - Alex Dimitrov, from All Souls Day
1591"I want to be with those who know secret things
or else alone." - Rainer Maria Rilke, from I Am Too Alone

(Source: batarde, via lifeinpoetry)


And you know, I agree to everything:

I will condemn, I will forget, I will give comfort to the enemy,

Darkness will be light and sin lovely.

" - Anna Akhmatova, from The Complete Poems 

(via afroui)

2704"But you are my nomad and I love you sideways daily. Sideways because I have to beam my love in all directions, hoping it bounces off something and eventually finds you." - Richard Siken, from The Long and Short of It 

(Source: courcel)

1042"[I] became a woman who learned her own skin and dug into her soul and found it full." - Anne sexton, from The Break Away 

(Source: victoriajoan)

1706"kiss me a little:
the air
darkens and is alive –
o live with me in the fewness of
these colours;" - e.e. cummings, from “XLVIII” 

(Source: litverve, via lifeinpoetry)


The extremes are easy. Only
the middle is a puzzle. Midsummer —
everything is possible.

Meaning: never again will life end.

" - Louise Glück, from Heaven And Earth
522"…it’s not quite right,
it’s hardly right at all." - Charles Bukowski, from Cut While Shaving
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