I do not want a plain box, I want a sarcophagus
With tigery stripes, and a face on it
Round as the moon, to stare up.
I want to be looking at them when they come
Picking among the dumb minerals, the roots.
I see them already-the pale, star-distance faces.
Now they are nothing, they are not even babies.
I imagine them without fathers or mothers, like the first gods.
They will wonder if I was important.
If neurotic is wanting two mutually exclusive things at one and the same time, then I’m neurotic as hell. I’ll be flying back and forth between one mutually exclusive thing and another for the rest of my days.
Topics: Mental Illness
Apparently, the most difficult feat for a Cambridge male is to accept a woman not merely as feeling, not merely as thinking, but as managing a complex, vital interweaving of both.
Topics: Education, Universities
Kiss me and you will see how important I am.
Doing all the little tricky things it takes to grow up, step by step, into an anxious and unsettling world.
I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live the loves I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in life. And I am horribly limited.
I never wanted to get married. The last thing I wanted was infinite security and to be the place an arrow shoots off from. I wanted change and excitement and to shoot off in all directions myself, like the colored arrows from a Fourth of July rocket.
Wondering Whom to Read Next?
- Annie Dillard American Writer
- Carol Shields Canadian Author, Academic
- Alice Walker American Novelist, Activist
- Margaret Walker American Author, Poet
- Audre Lorde American Poet, Feminist
- Joan Didion American Essayist, Novelist, Memoirist
- Maya Angelou American Poet
- Marianne Moore American Poet
- Cynthia Ozick American Novelist, Essayist
- Edith Wharton American Novelist, Short-story Writer