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Self-Portrait with Sylvia Plath’s Braid
Some women make a pilgrimage to visit it
in the Indiana library charged to keep it safe.
I didn’t drive to it; I dreamed it, the thick braid
roped over my hands, heavier than lead.
My own hair was long for years.
Then I became obsessed with chopping it off,
and I did, clear up to my ears. If hair is beauty
then I am no longer beautiful.
Sylvia was beautiful, wasn’t she?
And like all of us, didn’t she wield her beauty
like a weapon? And then she married,
and laid it down, and when she was betrayed
and took it up again it was a word-weapon,
a poem-sword. In the dream I fasten
her braid to my own hair, at my nape.
I walk outside with it, through the world
of men, swinging it behind me like a tail.
|January 03, 2013||Written in the Beginning of the Year 1746||William Collins|
|October 29, 2011||The Witch||Mary Elizabeth Coleridge|
|August 25, 2013||"My True Love Hath My Heart and I Have His"||Mary Elizabeth Coleridge|
|September 05, 2011||Work Without Hope||Samuel Taylor Coleridge|
|January 04, 2013||The Garden Year||Sara Coleridge|
|December 03, 2012||Fragment 3: Come, come thou bleak December wind||Samuel Taylor Coleridge|
|December 10, 2011||Frost at Midnight||Samuel Taylor Coleridge|
|November 23, 2012||Constancy to an Ideal Object||Samuel Taylor Coleridge|
|February 06, 2011||Love||Samuel Taylor Coleridge|
|April 09, 2007||Oil & Steel||Henri Cole|