Wednesday, 8 August 2012

The New Haven

I am so looking forward to a time when we can just exist in our home. Since we have moved in we have been surrounded by men, plumbers, electricians, joiners, plasterers, and today three chimney sweeps (that has got to be lucky!). They are omnipresent, not one room has been sacred. Until today. We have a lock! A lock, to be more precise, on our shower room door.

And in our new haven is a shelf. And on that shelf there is a book. 

And in the book there are many smaller worlds to escape into.


Since Christmas they have lived with us,
Guileless and clear,
Oval soul-animals,
Taking up half the space,
Moving and rubbing on the silk

Invisible air drifts,
Giving a shriek and pop
When attacked, then scooting to rest, barely trembling.
Yellow cathead, blue fish--------
Such queer moons we live with

Instead of dead furniture!
Straw mats, white walls
And these traveling
Globes of thin air, red, green,

The heart like wishes or free
Peacocks blessing
Old ground with a feather
Beaten in starry metals.
Your small

Brother is making
His balloon squeak like a cat.
Seeming to see
A funny pink world he might eat on the other side of it,
He bites,

Then sits
Back, fat jug
Contemplating a world clear as water.
A red
Shred in his little fist.
5 February 1963
Sylvia Plath

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