Friday, May 19, 2006

Friday Poetry: Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay
Recuerdo

We were very tired, we were very merry--
We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry.
It was bare and bright, and smelled like a stable--
But we looked into a fire, we leaned across a table,
We lay ona hill-top underneath the moon;
And the whistles kept blowing, and the dawn came soon.

We were very tired, we were very merry--
We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry;
And you ate an apple, and I ate a pear,
From a dozen of each we had bought somewhere;
And the sky went wan, and the wind came cold,
And the sun rose dripping, a bucketful of gold.

We were very tired, we were very merry,
We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry.
We hailed, "Good morrow, mother!" to a shawl-covered head,
And bought a morning paper, which neither of us read;
And she wept, "God bless you!" for the apples and pears,
And we gave her all our money but our subway fares.

3 Comments:

At 10:52 AM, Anonymous Milligan said...

Something about the rhyming and meter of this poem ... I keep hearing it in my head as sung my Cake.

 
At 7:20 PM, Blogger meridity said...

Now that you mention it, so can I.

 
At 7:36 PM, Anonymous tyromaven said...

People don't know it, but Millay was to a certain generation of women what Angelina Jolie is to ours, only a great deal more strong, sure, and literate. She bad.

 

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