DOS & DON'TS
Hi I am 14 and I know you’re dead but it’s 1 AM and my dad is swearing and falling around in the pool like a drunken pork sausage, what a fucking asshole, I was standing in the kitchen two seconds ago with a butcher knife to go kill him before he shoots us to death, but I chickened out, which I know your dad was a problem too so I could totally relate to your poems about how he’s a Nazi who kept you living in his boot even though I basically hated poetry until this minute, so I’m just writing this fake letter because NOW HE’S GETTING OUT OF THE POOL LIKE A MONSTER AND SAYING FUCK, Jesus Christ Sylvia, if you could hear him, it’s like he’s not even human. Now he just massively fell back in, Achtung you Nazi motherfucker, just drown and get it over with so I can RELAX. Listen, Sylvia, I can’t believe you stuck your head in that oven, you crazy nut! I’m completely terrified to die, even though vastly depressed. There is so little time in this life to do what you want, more on that later.
I had to look out the window because it got all quiet but he’s just slumped over in the grass like an ape. It’s sad but Fuck him. Anyway, Sylvia, I’ve been tortured about dying for years, ever since reading Little Women made me realize we’re all doomed and ruined my life. But, one day however, I opened your book THE BELL JAR and literally died of shock. For the first time I saw someone in a book portraying emotions that were exactly mine, I never even knew it was okay to write about them! I never would have figured it out by myself. Like when you said how the tulips were breathing I realized I always saw them breathing too but I was in denial. Oh my god I fucking HATE feeling bad for him after he just scared the shit out of me all night, I try not to but I can’t handle him being all lonely in the grass like that, he seems so ashamed and confused, like he doesn’t know what’s happening and no one can help. I don’t want him to slip and die for real, just knock himself out a little so I can sleep. Even though then I’ll dream he’s chasing us with the gun but whatever. I always want to tell him don’t worry, it’s not your fault, everyone loves you, we’ll figure out how to make it stop. But I CAN’T, being insane and not human when he’s like this you can’t get him to make sense, plus no way am I going out there alone, he’s like a bear who never learned English and seems sweet and nice when you pet him, but all of a sudden you feel a fang in your brain and a massive cracking sound blasts your eyes out, as slowly you realize your head is being crushed to death in his rampaging jaws!
Sylvia, there’s so much to express but it’s a school night, I will tell you more later. IF I am still alive tomorrow. How perfect would it be if my dad killed me tonight and they found this letter under my body, all smeared with blood!!
THESAURUS VOCABULARY STUDY
(for my own personal reasons, not school!)
an asinine cracking sound blows your eyes up (your ASS)
a baleful cracking sound blasts into your eyes like a train from your ear tunnel roaring into unsuspecting eggs
corybantic cracking sound makes your eyes pop out and hang there (like a dufus)
stygian cracking sound explodes your eyes (straight into Jeri Hutcheson who then has to be home-schooled forever)
malodorous cracking sound
porcine cracking sound
dipsomaniac ass crack
sanguinary crack whore
nefarious crack store
lugubrious crack sore . . . . . .
Dear Sylvia Plath,
Like you, I have been sensitive and depressed all my life. Ever since Beth went out with the tide in Little Women, my mind has been a dark chamber full of death. But did or does anyone hear my choking sobs of entrapment? Answer, No. My debate teacher Mr. Walker (“Greg”) is this amazing person, age 24. His hands express gently and he really likes your poems, which the only other guy I know who does is my friend Russ Marcus, he smokes pot in his car. We hang out in the parking lot every day during social studies and even though he’s totally hilarious and nice to me he’s still popular. Well, there’s this depressed older girl Marla in the other debate class. Greg’s always saying in his caring way how sensitive and brilliant she is because she’s depressed and writes poems for the literary magazine. I’ve only read one poem by her, about a spider. I didn’t really get it. And even though she’s in Debate I barely know her because she’s too sensitive to compete. Greg says she’s too shy and can’t handle very much except reading Emily Dickinson. This is just so frustrating because I’m unbelievably shy too on the inside, but he doesn’t understand. We talk about your poems and everything but I don’t know what to say that’s intelligent. I’ve been trying to show my depression more so he will see I’m smart but basically all I do is joke around with him like one of the guys, he’s hilarious plus I get a little hyper from boys shooting me with spitballs during Rebuttal. I wish I looked more tiny and delicate, why am I always laughing even though worried about being murdered? (By my dad mostly, but basically anyone.)
Well I have been giving a lot of thought to this one poem where you go, Love, love, my season. A man such as Greg has not run across my path before and now that I am in my Season of Love you have helped me a lot. When the Season first started I was overwhelmed by torture. Yet Sylvia, you made me see how suffering is beautiful, instead of getting down on myself. Fuck Emily Dickinson. Even though I’ve never read her I’m at least as depressed as Marla. Also, not to be mean, I know how the spider is a metaphoric bug of sadness etc., but whatever. It still seems like poetry is mostly for assholes, no offense, but I’m trying to get past that.
I think Greg will see the pain behind my laughing facade if I can write like you. But not LOOK like you, ha!! I’m sorry, you can’t help it that you were in the 50s with those hairstyles or whatever. I picture you like Kristen Scott Thomas, except with glasses. Does that sound shallow? I guess that sounds shallow. Don’t worry, I don’t need to be attracted to you to like your writing. But it would help. Not that I’m a lesbian. I just need these visual aids to get into it or something. What am I talking about, I’m grossing myself out. I don’t think anything about anything. You be DEAD, Beee-atch, and this fake piece of shit is over.
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