Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Bell Jar: Plath's Pursuit of Shadows

The Echo of What Remains Collected Poems of Wanda Lea Brayton

Sojourns through currents of sorrow leave us unkempt,
ragged wastrels of thought and dismay unturned 
by destinations caused from fury's unthinking demise of dreams.

Old wounds will etch themselves onto new happiness,
if one is not watchful for such things. Darkness craves comfort 
from company, be it sociable or not. It pours bitter brew 
into parched throats, scattering sustenance to the four winds swirling 
around us as we meld into a semblance of slumber, 
a strict similarity of shadow.

The bell jar's crystalline structure does not offer sympathy or symphonies,
but dirges of dire dooms. Its dense cavern will not allow songs to arise 
from dust, no matter how fervent the efforts to expend its stale air. 

It is not meant for reflection, only unraveling despair 
upon seeing what lay outside its borders of clarity, 
its chaos unbound.