Seth’s Favorite Poems

And now, as promised, the third of my “3-way-tie-for-favorite-poem” poems.  It is “I am Vertical” by Sylvia Plath, and I’ve got a version of it on posterboard that I persoanlly wrote with Sharpie marker hanging on my kitchen wall.  Here it is, Sylivia Plath’s “I am Vertical”.  Prepare for amazement:

I am Vertical

But I would rather be horizontal.
I am not a tree with my root in the soil
Sucking up minerals and motherly love
So that each March I may gleam into leaf,
Nor am I the beauty of a garden bed
Attracting my share of Ahs and spectacularly painted,
Unknowing I must soon unpetal.
Compared with me, a tree is immortal
And a flower-head not tall, but more startling,
And I want the one's longevity and the other's daring.

Tonight, in the infinitesimal light of the stars,
The trees and flowers have been strewing their cool odors.
I walk among them, but none of them are noticing.
Sometimes I think that when I am sleeping
I must most perfectly resemble them--
Thoughts gone dim.
It is more natural to me, lying down.
Then the sky and I are in open conversation,
And I shall be useful when I lie down finally:
Then the trees may touch me for once,
and the flowers have time for me.

4 Responses to “Seth’s Favorite Poems”

  1. I like this too.

  2. Huh… Not what I expected! I’ve always loved this poem, and I find it to be worthy of a three-way-tie-for-favorite, but it’s so different from Larkin’s work. Still, Sylvia Plath is a poetic diety. After all these years it’s cool that you can still surprise me, Dellinger!

    • sethdellinger Says:

      Oh my poetic tastes can’t be pigeonholed, Kiwi!!! Larkin may be my fave and my main influence, but my list of favorites is vast. :) Although none are older than 150 years ago. :)

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