i am vertical

I found about Sylvia plath about couple years ago. A great female writer who wrote many great poems and poetries. Just like Virginia Woolf, she died by commiting suicide. Putting herself into an oven, with full of gases.

Somehow, death always attracts me. Specially the death of such brilliant people with many great works. Specially the death by suicides. And Sylvia Plath is a combination of them.

Anyway, this morning, I don’t know why, I have such urges to google about her again. I browsed her biography, and felt sad by the facts that she commited suicide leaving her still-so-small children. I also browsed about how she died, and all the depression she had felt along her journey, annoyed by her cheating husband and got goosebumps knowing that karma might do exist.

And I also read every poems she made, and though some of them is too hard for me to understand (since she used such difficult vocabularies), I ve got impressed by some of them.

This one, is the one that attracts me the most.

It is as if, it is to be rested in the ground, is the thing that she wanted most.

It is as if, she always wanted to die..

I Am Vertical

But I would rather be horizontal.
I am not a tree with my root in the soil
Sucking up minerals and motherly love
So that each March I may gleam into leaf,
Nor am I the beauty of a garden bed
Attracting my share of Ahs and spectacularly painted,
Unknowing I must soon unpetal.
Compared with me, a tree is immortal
And a flower-head not tall, but more startling,
And I want the one’s longevity and the other’s daring.

Tonight, in the infinitesimallight of the stars,
The trees and the flowers have been strewing their cool odors.
I walk among them, but none of them are noticing.
Sometimes I think that when I am sleeping
I must most perfectly resemble them–
Thoughts gone dim.
It is more natural to me, lying down.
Then the sky and I are in open conversation,
And I shall be useful when I lie down finally:
Then the trees may touch me for once, and the flowers have time for me.

Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: I Am Vertical
Volume: The Collected Poems
Year: Published/Written in 1961

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