Taxi  (for anne sexton)

Taxi (for anne sexton)

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto


Taxi   (for anne sexton)

 

 

 

smote with cellophane mouth

kissing the steering wheel

of frantic pose

calmly

turning away from life

 

she exhaled one final time

the windshield

for her, lucid conclusion

the clarity of life in death

closes her eyes softly

 

overcome with the vapors of

valiant struggle,

her "ride

with our boy death."

 

 

 

erin-cilberto

12/28/2020

© 2021 jacob erin-cilberto


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She was preoccupied with death and finally took a sleepy ride to found out.
So many writers were tortured souls. Meant to express themselves before taking the big exit.

Posted 2 Days Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Days Ago

So true, Relic....thank you for your words,
j.
What a beautiful description of her exit....I feel she was curious about death...wanted to experience it keenly...Such exceptionally brilliant minds can't be bound or made to stay...They chose to stay and to leave, if they decide there's nothing more to it. She must be out there, having such a mind-blowing ride!

Posted 3 Days Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

2 Days Ago

Yes, I think she was DIVYA...in her poem, Wanting to Die, she said
"even now I have nothing .. read more
Love this poem and Anne Sexton!

Posted 1 Week Ago


Vicki T.

6 Days Ago

Both tortured souls. I taught high school English and many students were drawn to Plath after being.. read more
jacob erin-cilberto

2 Days Ago

"The Bell Jar" yes, such a curious novel, published under a different pseudonym....for anonymity...<.. read more
Vicki T.

1 Day Ago

I must dose research on that. I love the drama and history surrounding literature. Literature is n.. read more
One of my favourite writers, I was reading her a couple of days ago. This piece is a wonderful nod to such a soul, she inspired me in many ways. I found/find her (as many did/do) not only a powerful woman but also a seriously under rated artist...you have voiced about her thoughts of finality in a way she would be honoured to be remembered Jacob, amazing poem :)

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

thank you for your kind words, Ruth...
j.
' I have ridden in your cart, driver,~ waved my nude arms at villages going by ~ learning the last bright routes, survivor.~ here your flames still bite my thigh and my ribs crack where your wheels wind.~ A woman like that is not ashamed to die. ~ I have been her kind.'

So she wrote.. and more. Could ironically say: true to the end. The mind plays cruel games with poets.

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

Yes, she and Plath and Berryman and Jarrell
reasons for wanting to as Anne put it..."release.. read more
emmajoy

1 Week Ago

How tragic that short phrase is.. but, applies to so much and too often. Perhaps in in a different w.. read more
Anne is one of my favorites. One of many who loved death more than life Jacob. Powerful and strong words shared my friend.
Coyote

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

Thank you for your sentiments, Coyote...
Yes, she was a good one, and good friends with Plath.. read more
Coyote Poetry

1 Week Ago

I loved her writing. she was wonderful and you are welcome Jacob.
Tragic end for this poet plagued with mental health problems. Suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning at 45 years old. Found dead in her own car, in her own garage. Pity she checked out so early on. Our loss I think.

Chris

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

Yes, our loss...although the critics said she was pretty much written out by then...I guess she thou.. read more
When a loved one dies our life becomes clesrer. Then it becomes blurry again.

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

thank you, Dale.
j.
Wow!! so deep here,highly emotional. I like the vivid imagery i got in this. awesome write

Posted 1 Week Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

thank you for your kind words,
j.

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jacob erin-cilberto
jacob erin-cilberto

Carbondale, IL



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Originally from Bronx, NY, I live in Carbondale, Illinois...teach English at two community colleges and have been writing and publishing poetry since 1970. Friending works two ways. If we have had .. more..

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