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Poem by Sylvia Plath


Ariel


Stasis in darkness.
Then the substanceless blue   
Pour of tor and distances.

Gods lioness,   
How one we grow,
Pivot of heels and knees!The furrow

Splits and passes, sister to   
The brown arc
Of the neck I cannot catch,

Nigger-eye   
Berries cast dark   
Hooks

Black sweet blood mouthfuls,   
Shadows.
Something else

Hauls me through air
Thighs, hair;
Flakes from my heels.

White
Godiva, I unpeel
Dead hands, dead stringencies.

And now I
Foam to wheat, a glitter of seas.   
The childs cry

Melts in the wall.   
And I
Am the arrow,

The dew that flies
Suicidal, at one with the drive   
Into the red

Eye, the cauldron of morning.



Sylvia Plath


Sylvia Plath's other poems:
  1. The Beggars
  2. The Everlasting Monday
  3. The Night Dances
  4. Words
  5. Lady Lazarus


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Edmund Stedman Ariel ("⁠Wert thou on earth to-day, immortal one")

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