Goucher College

Goucher College, By Brian37 (AKA Brian James Rational Poet on FB/META and @brianrrs37 on Twitter)

Everyone has
Some sort of Mecca
A bucket list
A pilgrimage

But you,
You denied me
I don’t know
If it would have mattered anyway

I did run into
Someone who
Lived next to you
Talked to you

They were around
My age back then
Just a kid, squandering
Wandering, playing

While you wrote of paintings
Of pain, of dogs, of Jesus
Of divorce, of fury
Of your lust of death

I can only listen now
On YouTube
A reading you did
Stuck in my head

Oh what it must have been
To be in that auditorium
Watching you
Put a spell on them

Poem after poem
Picture after picture
Using no camera
At all

This is a poem about a reading Anne Sexton gave at Goucher College in 1974 shortly before she killed herself.


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