‘Angels of the Love affair, do you know that other,
the dark one, that other me?’
1. Angel of Fire and Genitals.
Angel of fire and genitals, do you know slime,
that green mam who forced me to sing,
who put me first in the latrine, that pantomime
of brown, where I was beggar and she was king?
I said ‘The devil is down that festering hole’.
Then he bit me in the buttocks and took over my soul.
Fire woman, you of the ancient flame, you
of the bunsen burner, you of the candle,
you of the blast furnace, you of the barbecue,
you of the fierce solar energy, Madamemoiselle
take some ice, take some snow, take a month of rain
and you would gutter in the dark, cracking up your brain.
Mother of fire, let me stand at your devouring gate
as the sun dies in your arms and you loosen it’s terrible weight.”
by Ann Sexton