My Favourite Poems: A Collection

A collection containing some of my favourite poetry!!


11. Daddy, Sylvia Plath

You do not do, you do not do   Any more, black shoe In which I have lived like a foot   For thirty years, poor and white,   Barely daring to breathe or Achoo.
  Daddy, I have had to kill you.   You died before I had time—— Marble-heavy, a bag full of God,   Ghastly statue with one gray toe   Big as a Frisco seal


And a head in the freakish Atlantic   Where it pours bean green over blue   In the waters off beautiful Nauset.   I used to pray to recover you. Ach, du.


In the German tongue, in the Polish town   Scraped flat by the roller Of wars, wars, wars. But the name of the town is common.   My Polack friend
  Says there are a dozen or two.   So I never could tell where you   Put your foot, your root, I never could talk to you. The tongue stuck in my jaw.


It stuck in a barb wire snare.   Ich, ich, ich, ich, I could hardly speak. I thought every German was you.   And the language obscene


An engine, an engine Chuffing me off like a Jew. A Jew to Dachau, Auschwitz, Belsen.   I began to talk like a Jew. I think I may well be a Jew.


The snows of the Tyrol, the clear beer of Vienna   Are not very pure or true. With my gipsy ancestress and my weird luck   And my Taroc pack and my Taroc pack I may be a bit of a Jew.


I have always been scared of you, With your Luftwaffe, your gobbledygoo.   And your neat mustache And your Aryan eye, bright blue. Panzer-man, panzer-man, O You——


Not God but a swastika So black no sky could squeak through.   Every woman adores a Fascist,   The boot in the face, the brute   Brute heart of a brute like you.
  You stand at the blackboard, daddy,   In the picture I have of you, A cleft in your chin instead of your foot   But no less a devil for that, no not   Any less the black man who


Bit my pretty red heart in two. I was ten when they buried you.   At twenty I tried to die And get back, back, back to you. I thought even the bones would do.


But they pulled me out of the sack,   And they stuck me together with glue.   And then I knew what to do. I made a model of you, A man in black with a Mein kampf look


And a love of the rack and the screw.   And I said I do, I do. So daddy, I’m finally through. The black telephone’s off at the root,   The voices just can’t worm through.


If I’ve killed one man, I’ve killed two—— The vampire who said he was you   And drank my blood for a year, Seven years, if you want to know. Daddy, you can lie back now.


There’s a stake in your fat black heart   And the villagers never liked you. They are dancing and stamping on you.   They always knew it was you. Daddy, daddy, you bastard, I’m through.
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