Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Tragedies Without End

Nicholas Hughes, fisheries professor at the University of Alaska and 47 year old son of poet Sylvia Plath, committed suicide by hanging himself on March 16th.

His mother took her own life in 1963. She turned on the gas in the kitchen after stuffing towels under the door to the room where her two young children were sleeping to prevent the gas from affecting them.

One of her last poems was about Nicholas. It was titled, Nick and the Candlestick.

O love, how did you get here?
O embryo..

In you, ruby.
The pain
You wake to is not yours.

Apparently, and sadly, it was.

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