We had to respond to a Plath poem today from this website - what a cool (but difficult) prompt! I love Plath's poetry for its unparalled powers of unusual figurative language that is simultaneously beguiling and brilliant.
I chose Love Letter - one of my favourites by her and am doing a poem inspired by an element of it.
I was a stone before you came.
Life long and low in stasis, incongruous
in my ordinariness, impervious to care.
Grey grit, flint, fragment flung far -
bruise of air - footnote unnoticed.
Solid sorrow, a fossilized tear. Sediment
of some other where.
But when you appeared I became
a hop and a skip; a wish skimming
silvered water; crystalline veins new.
A firm promise, world in your hand,
warm, porous to promises, permanent
fixture deep at home
in the well of your heart.
Then all of a sudden: sunk. Thunk of
an unwanted thought. Balderdash.
Transformation incomplete. The dredge
of a dream, kernel of uncare. Scuppered.
Dropped there in the dark, ripple of regret,
forgotten, forlorn. Hardened now
to the point I rhyme with rock.