Sylvia Plath (1931-1963) American poet, published her first poem at the age of eight. Suicidal from a young age, she endured, at various times, electroshock and psychotherapy. She married the poet Ted Hughes, who went on to become England’s poet laureate. The marriage lasted seven years, but failed when Hughes left her for another woman. Months later, Plath killed herself with cooking gas. In a macabre twist of irony, the woman for whom Hughes left Plath also gassed herself to death. Another poet-suicide, Anne Sexton, wrote of frequent drinking dates at the Ritz with Plath: “Often, very often, Sylvia and I would talk at length about our first suicides; at length, in detail, and in depth between the free potato chips. Suicide is, after all, the opposite of a poem.” Sylvia’s Slender, Pale Hand (Doyle/Kelley 2016) Verse 1 You drop to the floor from the very source of the pounding words, a door, an odd course, you feel so poor, a weak sloe gin journey to the foreign shore of mortality. Chorus Sylvia, come join the fight, find there is no wrong from right, you know how to find the light. Verse 2 Or perhaps it was immortality, so difficult to see such formality when dealing with the sharp edges of words, sometimes finding heroes within the fords. Chorus Sylvia, come join the fight, find there is no wrong from right, you know how to find the light. Bridge Words sailing down the brown river of Time, your mind follows and clasps the perfect rhyme, you are not a poet, you are a mime, you are not a poet, you are a mime. Verse 3 This is what stops your breath, not the sloe gin, you raise a slender, pale hand, subtle sin, and realize you can easily turn around and speak to us, and we can learn. Chorus Sylvia, come join the fight, find there is no wrong from right, you know how to find the light. Sylvia’s Slender, Pale Hand Song by Jessie Doyle of Joan in the Fires Lyrics by Ward Kelley - http://WardKelley.org Website: http://wardkelley.org/jessie Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joaninthefires/ Reverbnation: https://www.reverbnation.com/JoanintheFires Jamendo: https://www.jamendo.com/artist/484661/joaninthefires Slideshow by http://wpIndiana.com Disclosure: This video is a Tribute to Sylvia Plath and pictures used in this video (slide show) were found on the Internet. There is no intention of abusing copyright law, but please only share our song titled “Sylvia’s Pale, Slender Hand” to honor a life cut too short. Song and lyrics are copyrighted by WardCO.