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prosicated ([personal profile] prosicated) wrote2003-01-09 03:49 pm

Dirge Without Music : Edna St Vincent Millay

I am not resigned to the shutting away of loving hearts in the cold ground.
So it is, and so it will be, for so it has been, time out of mind;
Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely. Crowned
With lilies and with laurel they go; but I am not resigned.
Lovers and thinkers, into the earth with you.
Be one with the dull indiscriminate dust.
A fragment of what you felt, of what you knew;
A formula, a phrase remains, -- but the best is lost.
The answers quick and keen, the honest look, the laughter, the love --
They are gone. They are gone to feed the roses. Elegant and curled
Is the blossom. Fragrant is the blossom. I know. But I do not approve.
More precious was the light in your eyes than all the roses in the world.
Down, down, down into the darkness of the grave,
Gently they go, the beautiful, the tender, the kind;
Quietly they go, the intelligent, the witty, the brave.
I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned.

[identity profile] 2003-01-09 01:38 pm (UTC)(link)
My god, that's powerful.
inahandbasket: me snuggled in blankets looking happy (warm)

[personal profile] inahandbasket 2003-01-09 02:18 pm (UTC)(link)
i'm not one for poetry as both of you know.
but damn, that's... wonderful.
(which isnt' the right word, but how can you find the right word to hold the feelings of so many)

thank you dearest. now I see why you want more of her books.

[identity profile] 2003-01-09 02:26 pm (UTC)(link)
just... yeah.

[identity profile] 2003-01-09 02:19 pm (UTC)(link)
i know. i adore it. i love her in general, something i tried not to admit for years because she's one of my mom's favorites. =)

[identity profile] 2003-01-10 07:07 am (UTC)(link)
I keep wanting to read her new biography. I've not read much of her poetry, but maybe I should. I try not to, because she was my English teacher in hs's favorite ;)

[identity profile] 2003-01-10 07:12 am (UTC)(link)
it's supposed to be good, i want to read it too. =)
i understand about avoiding her but she really does rock.