AMNESIAC by Sylvia Plath
No use, no use, now, begging Recognize!There is nothing to do with such a beautiful blank but smooth it.Name, house, car keys,
The little toy wife—Erased, sigh, sigh.Four babies and a cocker!
Nurses, the size of worms, and a minute doctorTuck him in.Old happenings
Peel from his skin.Down the drain with all of it!Hugging his pillow
Like the red-headed sister he never dared to touch,He dreams of a new one—Barren, the lot are barren!
And of another color.How they’ll travel, travel, travel, scenerySparking off their brother-sister rears
A comet tail!And money the sperm fluid of it all.One nurse brings in
A green drink, one a blue.They rise on either side of him like stars.The two drinks flame and foam.
O, sister, mother, wife,Sweet Lethe is my life.I am never, never, never coming home!
this v. of the poem comes from The New Yorker Book of Poems, 1969.

AMNESIAC by Sylvia Plath


No use, no use, now, begging Recognize!
There is nothing to do with such a beautiful blank but smooth it.
Name, house, car keys,

The little toy wife—
Erased, sigh, sigh.
Four babies and a cocker!

Nurses, the size of worms, and a minute doctor
Tuck him in.
Old happenings

Peel from his skin.
Down the drain with all of it!
Hugging his pillow

Like the red-headed sister he never dared to touch,
He dreams of a new one—
Barren, the lot are barren!

And of another color.
How they’ll travel, travel, travel, scenery
Sparking off their brother-sister rears

A comet tail!
And money the sperm fluid of it all.
One nurse brings in

A green drink, one a blue.
They rise on either side of him like stars.
The two drinks flame and foam.

O, sister, mother, wife,
Sweet Lethe is my life.
I am never, never, never coming home!


this v. of the poem comes from The New Yorker Book of Poems, 1969.

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