Friday, May 22, 2009

Poem by Sylvia Plath

Lady Lazarus By Sylvia Plath

I have done it again.
One year in every ten
I manage it----

A sort of walking miracle, my skin
Bright as a Nazi lampshade,
My right foot

A paperweight,
My face a featureless, fine
Jew linen.

Peel off the napkin
O my enemy.
Do I terrify?----

The nose, the eye pits, the full set of teeth?
The sour breath
Will vanish in a day.

Soon, soon the flesh
The grave cave ate will be
At home on me
And I a smiling woman.

I am only thirty.
And like the cat I have nine times to die.
This is Number Three.
What a trash
To annihilate each decade.

What a million filaments.
The peanut-crunching crowd
Shoves in to see
Them unwrap me hand and foot----
The big strip tease.

Gentleman, ladies,
These are my hands,
My knees.

I may be skin and bone,
Nevertheless, I am the same, identical woman.
The first time it happened I was ten.

It was an accident.

The second time I meant
To last it out and not come back at all.
I rocked shut
As a seashell.

They had to call and call
And pick the worms off me like sticky pearls.

Is an art, like everything else.
I do it exceptionally well.
I do it so it feels like hell.
I do it so it feels real.
I guess you could say I've a call.
It's easy enough to do so in a cell.
It's easy enough to do it and stay put.

It's the theatrical
Comeback in broad day
To the same place, the same face, the same brute
Amused shout:
"A miracle!"

That knocks me out.
There is a charge
For the eyeing of my scars, there is a charge
For the hearing of my heart----
It really goes.

And there is a charge, a very large charge,
For a word or a touch
Or a bit of blood
Or a piece of hair on my clothes.

So, so, Herr Doktor.
So, Herr Enemy.
I am your opus,
I am your valuable,
The pure gold baby
That melts to a shriek.
I turn and burn.
Do not think I underestimate your great concern.

Ash, ash--
You poke and stir.

Flesh, bone, there is nothing there----
A cake of soap,
A wedding ring,
A gold filling.

Herr God, Herr Lucifer,

Out of ash
I rise with my red hair
And I eat men like air.

Me imagino que todos alguna vez nos sentimos como un ave fenix, todos alguna vez nos levantamos de donde parecia imposible levantarse, porque seguir adelante es lo que hacemos mejor aunque a veces parece todo lo contrario, porque hacemos lo que poedemos, con lo que tenemos, en momentos de encrusijada; asi, es facil identificarse con las palabras de este poema.


  1. Hola sempai!!

    Me gusto muho ese poema, por alguna razón me sonó muy familiar...
    Buscaré ma´s de la autora
    Te felicito mucho por tu blog! ¡sigue así!

  2. Kouhaii!!!!!
    hace mucho que no te veo! gracias por pasarte por mi blog! >___<


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