Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The P(l)ath

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While I sleep,
Bell Jar Buddha
whispers in my ear,

There is no p(l)ath to happiness,
happiness is the p(l)ath.

In the gas hiss of the coven
of the oven,
I can hear,

You cannot walk the p(l)ath until
you've become the p(l)ath -
and a lamp

to burn bright the p(l)aths

of all the other Mad Girls.

For Midweek Motif~Path at Poets United
Also submitted to the Tuesday Platform at Real Toads

17 comments:

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I love the "Bell Jar Buddha".

Susan said...

Splendid and creepy to blend Sylvia Plath and her belljar and the path, for what a fear and what a grief such withdrawal is! It's only our own light we can show--though I do want to save the others. I Love This Poem.

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

There is so much to love here--the bell jar--the path and the plath--loved it!

Mary said...

Yes, happiness is THE path. This is a lesson we definitely must learn.

Debi Swim said...

Love all the word play.

Sumana Roy said...

love the play on 'p(l)ath'...

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Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

A bright beacon indeed, she is for all we mad girl poets – but I'd like her to have lived much longer and written even more, and perhaps written her way to sanity and happiness. I'd like to be so great a poet, but not at so great a price.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

This is beautiful, MZ your poem shines like a beacon cutting through despair and darkness ❤️


Lots of love,
Sanaa

blueoran said...

There's a shadow bell curve to the Buddha's smile -- the p(l)ath's (c)oven grimace -- a friend of mine tried to drink himself between the moon and yew tree on election night. Happy stuff. Well done, and keep a window cracked to the world.

Kerry O'Connor said...

I like the oblique references to Sylvia in this unique piece.

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Great use of language here. I love your poems - they are to be read on your own terms. Excellent.

Fireblossom said...

Bake someone happy? Er, maybe not.

Magaly Guerrero said...

Clever wisdom that made makes the soul giggle. I needed this today. Thank you!

Susie Clevenger said...

I think I am hearing the same Bell Jar Buddha.

grapeling said...

given my prior penchant for doom, surprisingly (to me) I was not tempted to plath myself post election.

maybe it has to do with having sons. ~

Marja said...

I love the integration of Plath and path and what a great wisdom it is "happiness is the path" Thanks