Sylvia’s Slender, Pale Hand Lrycis

Sylvia’s Slender, Pale Hand

This song is a tribute to the American poet, Sylvia Plath, whose short life achieved some of the best poetry of the 20th century, It all ended much too soon, as she succumbed to her suicidal tendencies in England in 1963, only 32 years old.

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Sylvia’s Slender, Pale Hand

 (Doyle/Kelley 2016)

 

Verse 1

You drop to the floor from the very source

of the pounding words, a door, an odd course,

you feel so poor, a weak sloe gin journey

to the foreign shore of mortality.

 

Chorus

Sylvia, come join the fight,

find there is no wrong from right,

you know how to find the light.

 

Verse 2

Or perhaps it was immortality,

so difficult to see such formality

when dealing with the sharp edges of words,

sometimes finding heroes within the fjords.

 

Chorus

Sylvia, come join the fight,

find there is no wrong from right,

you know how to find the light.

 

Bridge

Words sailing down the brown river of Time,

your mind follows and clasps the perfect rhyme,

you are not a poet, you are a mime,

you are not a poet, you are a mime.

Play Sylvia Raises a Slender, White Hand

Verse 3

This is what stops your breath, not the sloe gin,

you raise a slender, pale hand, subtle sin,

and realize you can easily turn

around and speak to us, and we can learn.

 

Chorus

Sylvia, come join the fight,

find there is no wrong from right,

you know how to find the light.

Artist’s note:

Sylvia Plath (1931-1963) American poet, published her first poem at the age of eight.  Suicidal from a young age, she endured, at various times, electroshock and psychotherapy.  She married the poet Ted Hughes, who went on to become England’s poet laureate.  The marriage lasted seven years, but failed when Hughes left her for another woman.  Months later, Plath killed herself with cooking gas.  In a macabre twist of irony, the woman for whom Hughes left Plath also gassed herself to death.  Another poet-suicide, Anne Sexton, wrote of frequent drinking dates at the Ritz with Plath: “Often, very often, Sylvia and I would talk at length about our first suicides; at length, in detail, and in depth between the free potato chips.  Suicide is, after all, the opposite of a poem.”

 

 

Author: Ward Kelley

Ward Kelley has seen his stories and poems appear in hundreds of journals world wide. He is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee whose publication credits include such journals as: Plainsongs, Karamu, Another Chicago Magazine, Strange Horizons, Spillway, GSU Review, Rattle, The Chaffin Journal, Midstream, Zuzu’s Petals, Ginger Hill, Sunstone, Pif, Whetstone, Melic Review, Thunder Sandwich, Potpourri and Skylark. The recipient of the Nassau Review Poetry Award for 2001, Kelley is also the author of “histories of souls,” a poetry collection, and he has an epic poem, “comedy incarnate” on CD and CD ROM.

Kelley holds a Masters of Creative Writing. He published two novels “Divine Murder” and “Keenly Alive, Tony.” He also published two management theory books, “Warehouse Productivity” (2005Distribution Group, New York NY), and “Zen of Warehouse Management” (2005Distribution Group, New York NY), under the name Pat Kelley.

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