poetry critical

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Random Poem:

Killing by numbers
unknown

1
 1
A murderer
 2
 
 
Murderess they seemed to whisper
 3
as if the implications were less
 4
 
 
2
 5
Plath acted as secretary to her husband
 6
 
 
Perfection was his due
 7
(you can be certain of that)
 8
 
 
3
 9
…was the first to escape
 10
but returns with a shudder
 11
like an old fashioned elevator
 12
not quite secure
 13
& with a blind operator
 14
 
 
Earnest cops from forensics
 15
dust for fingerprints but miss
 16
the bloodied corkscrew on the floor
 17
 
 
4
 18
The Goddess has many arms
 19
one for every erogenous zone
 20
 
 
God has two
 21
but one is a spare
 22
 
 
5
 23
Dancing in the club up
 24
over the aquarium
 25
the whole plan came together
 26
(but that’s another story)
 27
 
 
Toasting the bride
 28
(she pocketed the opener
 29
The groom made his own way home)
 30
 
 
6
 31
She ate the wafer
 32
flesh they said
 33
Its razor-sharp edges
 34
sliced through her tongue
 35
this is the mystery
 36
 
 
She took the corkscrew
 37
& placed it at the center
 38
of her forehead
 39
 
 
Blood they said
 40
as she twisted it slowly
 41
this is the light
 42
And proof of a pact
 43
with the devil they said
 44
as she turned away
 45
 
 
They would have put her to the flame
 46
But even they could see it was too late
 47
 
 
7
 48
“A little bit of editing
 49
will make all the difference”
 50
he said, cutting off her hands
 51
“A little bit of discipline”
 52
He said “will teach you who’s boss.”
 53
 
 
The child was born
 54
with broken ribs
 55
deaf & the use
 56
of only one side of the brain
 57
 
 
8
 58
The jury’s still out
 59
On what side survives
 60
 
 
Said she  
 61
“Beware!
 62
 
 
I have ceased
 63
to count the cost”
 64

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