∙ ∙ ϟ∙ ϡ Ϡ ∙Ϟ ∙ ∙ fly away

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“I wish that I could fly
Into the sky
So very high
Just like a dragonfly”
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 Lenny Kravitz

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at seventeen
she was so obscene
thought the heavens above
were made to shower her with love

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’til the day she ventured out
got her first taste of  self-doubt
learned lickety-split
that she didn’t mean shit

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she found no glory     …no fame
everywhere it was the same
nothing special was she
nothing more would she be

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the Goddess’s grace
brought a stranger to that place
in time to be revived
and so she survived

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survived to write
but never be in the limelight
the constant depression
led to her writing a confession

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survived to continuously attempt
to end the life she held in contempt
and at last succeed
to fill that aching need

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fame she finally received
when others grieved
the loss of  Victoria Lucas
( for whom the bell jar tolled )
still no one knew who Sylvia was
( years later her story finally told )

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all i wanted that day
was to fly away
free
to be me

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“I want to get away
I want to fly away
Yeah,  yeah,  yeah”


 “Fly Away”  Lenny Kravitz

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this poem is about a mid-twentieth century rebel girl,  the writer and poet  Sylvia Plath,  who committed suicide a month after the publication of  her famous semi-autobiographical novel,  “The Bell Jar,”  which originally came out under the pseudonym  ‘Victoria Lucas’  in 1963.
Plath is credited with advancing the genre of  confessional poetry   in two published collections:  “The Colossus and Other Poems”  and  “Ariel.”   in 1982,  she became the first poet to win a Pulitzer Prize posthumously,  for The Collected Poems.  Plath suffered from depression all her adult life and attempted suicide many times through the years.

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image ~ Coral-tailed Cloudwing Dragonfly  Tholymis tillarga
Bangalore Photograph by L. Shyamal, 2006
GNU Free Documentation License

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this is my submission to ~

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If I Could Have Just a Moment     at    POETRY JAM
So my challenge to you this week is to pick your moment…any moment…and capture it poetically to share with the rest of us.

{ i attempted suicide when i was 17,  surviving only because a stranger happened upon me in a very isolated location.  had i succeeded,  my daughter,  granddaughter and grandson would never have been born. }


thank you,  Mary M!

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Out of Standard with Izy    at   imaginary garden with real toads
September’s Challenge:  the rebel girl


thank you,  Izy!

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i am also participating in ~

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NaBloPoMoSoup

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“Fly Away”  Lenny Kravitz

Songwriters:  Lenny Kravitz

lyrics ~

I wish that I could fly
Into the sky
So very high
Just like a dragonfly

I’d fly above the trees
Over the  seas
In all degrees
To anywhere I please

Oh, I want to get away
I want to fly away
Yeah, yeah, yeah

I want to get away
I want to fly away
Yeah, yeah, yeah

Let’s go and see the stars
The Milky Way or even Mars
Where it could just be ours

Let’s fade into the sun
Let your  spirit fly
Where we are one
Just for a little fun
Oh, oh, oh yeah

I want to get away
I want to fly away
Yeah, yeah, yeah

I want to  get away
I want to fly away
Yeah, yeah, yeah

I got to get away
Girl, I got to get away
Oh, oh, oh yeah

I want to get away
I want to fly away
Yeah, yeah, yeah
(With you ) Oh yeah

I want to get away
I want to fly away
Yeah, yeah, yeah
(With you ) I got to get away

I want to get away
I want to get away
I want to get away
I want to  get away
Yeah, I want to get away
I want to fly away
Yeah, yeah, yeah
(With you )

Girl, I got to get away
I want to get away
I want to  get away
I want to get away
I want to get away
Yeah, I want to get away
I want to fly away
Yeah, yeah, yeah
( With you )
Yeah, yeah, yeah,  yeah, yeah

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44 Comments

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44 responses to “∙ ∙ ϟ∙ ϡ Ϡ ∙Ϟ ∙ ∙ fly away

  1. I always think it so sad that people become well known or, famous after they die. Depression can be such a dark B*tch of a well to climb up out of. You’ve written a lovely tribute to her here Dani. The dragon fly is a perfect symbol for someone who wanted to be free to fly.

  2. she lived a hard life and in her words you find that battle she fought as well…depression is a very hard place…i have to wonder as well at people becoming famous after they die…sad it takes that to be noticed at times…

    • i guess i don’t hold fame as something to be desired so i don’t really understand the craving for it. acknowledgement of someone’s talent in their lifetime is nice though. {smile}

  3. I loved the Bell Jar. Excellent poetry here.

  4. She stands as a beacon for the gifted misunderstood.

  5. Dani, a beautiful write–seems many of the gifted also suffer with inner demons and depression. Sad to think, since their words bring such delight (usually). So glad that the stranger found you. Even though I wrote a light poem about High School, went through many tough moments in my teens, then got to go through them again with my kids! :-)

    • my daughter didn’t have any depression as a teenager but my granddaughter is having a difficult time. thank you so much for your kind words, Sara. ♥

  6. Sylvia fought the demon depression and ended up taking her own life. When I was young, I made several attempts on my life because of my childhood that haunted me. Poetry literally saved my life. It is so sad Sylvia did not survive her depression.

  7. Helen

    You have shared a piece of your soul, of your heart with us Dani … candid emotions shared like this, through poetry, are priceless gifts for all of us. Sylvia Plath a perfect ‘rebel woman’ choice.

  8. Wow, dani. That was an intense poem and a profound share. Thank you. I love Sylvia Plath’s poetry. She conveys emotions without being mawkish.

  9. Depression is a real bitch. Like trying to run a race through molasses with someone whispering in your ear that you’ll never win and don’t deserve it if you do.

  10. hedgewitch

    I find Plath an odd fish–but she wrote some very fine poetry. A good subject to draw on for the prompt, dani.

  11. I am so glad a stranger came upon you at the time you tried to take your own life. Truly, this must have been a strong sign to you that you were not meant to die…..that this stranger came upon you at your MOMENT of peril and helped you to LIVE. You may not share my beliefs, but often I believe human ‘angels’ are sent when and where they are needed.

    Sylvia Plath is another story. I read a lot of her poetry as well. So sad that she took her life. I wonder what beautiful works she could have created had she continued to live. And yes, it is sad she just became famous after she died & never knew that she became ‘famous.’

    Good writing, Dani!!

    • that was the first time i knew that i had a guardian angel looking out for me who sent a human angel to save me. thank you for all your kindnesses, Mary. ♥

  12. I am so happy you were saved! Guided and found~ I do believe you had a guardian angel! I believe a lot of talent causes this roller coaster of emotion. It is a dance of passion and deceit~ I admire you sharing this!
    You are brave, strong and beautiful~ I am happy our paths crossed~
    This song expresses how I feel…
    I have a lot of doubt shrouding me, if not my own, someone jumps on the band wagon and lets me know. My husband keeps reminding me to give this poetry, blogging, art world up and live in the real world. Funny, blogging is where I can be me. More so than in his so called real world!

    • first, thank you! ♥ i do not in any way mean this as an insult to your husband ~ i’m finding that those who only live in the “real world” just cannot wrap their minds around what we… online writers, poets, artists, bloggers, online friends… have discovered ~ that it is here where we can be our true selves. until they experience it for themselves, i don’t think they can understand because they don’t realize the connections we make {with ourselves, our art, each other} are as real as any others. i am grateful that we have met, too, Ella. *hugs*

      • Dani,
        I know, I truly know…he just doesn’t see or understand it. Some people maybe can’t unless they experience it. It frustrates me…I know all too well~ I am grateful, for your friendship! Be the best you ——–
        Oh, Dani…policy is changing over at Poets United. They want the prompts closed after a couple of days. So, if you want to do the Timeworn prompt…there is time, until tomorrow morning~ ATB to U…
        I knew you would understand! (((hugs)))

        • i’m sorry i won’t be able to participate in your prompt!!! i’m in the middle of another poem and that’s where the muse has made camp. i’ll try next week. i did go to Vicki’s Etsy shop and bought something for my granddaughter’s birthday. i love her creations. thank you, Ella! ♥ *Love* & *Hugs*

  13. Darlin’ I am so glad you did not take your own life. That isolation that Sylvia felt was obviously not as deeply implanted. Me, I’ve been in The Ward myself, but I have far too much ego to believe the world would be better without me! A gift of manic depression.

    Your meditation on Sylvia was revealing. Her main problem, I think, was self-esteem. Even after having “Bell Jar” published, she did not feel that bedrock self-worth we all need to keep going. Thank God you did. Sylvia left us so much, including this lesson: Love yourself enough to reach out when you need help… Bless you for this. Amy

    http://sharplittlepencil.com/2012/09/14/space-cadet-for-my-fellow-bloggrrrls/

    • i don’t know why she used a pseudonym for “The Bell Jar” but if it was somehow related to Plath ‘not being good enough,’ that would certainly not have helped. i am sad that her two children were not enough reason for her to stay. it seems they’re the ones who really paid the price. thank you for your support, Amy! ♥

  14. Sylvia Plath is one of the writers I adore and despite her depression, I think she is a rebel girl. She tried to live, and never stopped writing her truth, including the boot in the face. Did you ever see or hear of the play “Letters Home – a Life of Sylvia Plath”? Imagine all the letters such a one would write before the digital age? These are hers to her mom, and it is her mom’s apology in a way, trying to understand her. A bit mawkish, but I liked hearing these letters that I couldn’t have imagined. I like the ending of your poem–just wanting freedom. Unfortunately, the life of housewife and mother was not for her,=. She wanted to be so much like everyone else. Her poor children. The son was a recent suicide too.

  15. A wonderful dedication. Sad but well expressed. I love the beginning especially.

  16. Plath is a great icon for any poet. I loved her bluntness, her ability to transmute the moment to bring to light the shadowy irony and ho-hum drumness. this piece captured many of these traits.

  17. As a few others have said, depression is a bitch for sure. Over the years I’ve given a lot of thought as to why so many uber-talented artists fall victim to depression and darkness…still don’t understand it either. I always felt a kinship to Plath’s work, and you’ve captured much of that essence in this poem. Wonderful work, Dani!

  18. margaretbednar

    … you did so well with the rhyme and story telling here. It makes me SO sad when depression grips one to the extent they take their life… if they could only see the truth of how awesome they are. Nicely done.

  19. peggygoetz

    Another lovely piece Dani. You did well with this prompt. I love the dragonfly symbol–the big red ones are my favorites. And so many just want to fly free.

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