Sunday, June 7, 2015

Anne Sexton: "From the Garden"

Come, my beloved,
consider the lilies.
We are of little faith.
We talk too much.
Put your mouthful of words away
and come with me to watch
the lilies open in such a field,
growing there like yachts,
slowly steering their petals
without nurses or clocks.
Let us consider the view:
a house where white clouds
decorate the muddy halls.
Oh, put away your good words
and your bad words. Spit out
your words like stones!
Come here! Come here!
Come eat my pleasant fruits.

"From the Garden" by Anne Sexton. Text as published in The Complete Poems (Houghton Mifflin, 1999).

Art credit: "Avalanche Lily," photograph taken in Olympic National Park (Washington, USA) in August, 2011, by Gary Luhm.

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