Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature: over 400,000 monthly users

Edna St. Vincent Millay: The courage that my mother had

The courage that my mother had
Went with her, and is with her still:
Rock from New England quarried;
Now granite in a granite hill.


The golden brooch my mother wore
She left behind for me to wear;
I have no thing I treasure more:
Yet, it is something I could spare.


Oh, if instead she’d left to me
The thing she took into the grave!-
That courage like a rock, which she
Has no more need of, and I have.

Public domain. 

Berenice Abbott O’Neill: American Photographer. Circa 1929. Two gelatin silver prints, probably printed in the 1940s or 1950s. Each approximately 9 1/2 x 7 5/8 in.

2 comments on “Edna St. Vincent Millay: The courage that my mother had

  1. bronfan
    October 28, 2021

    Reblogged this on Memories Before The Menopause.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. poeticlauraceae
    May 11, 2020

    Beautiful words your sentiments relay the kindred love for your mother and her strength is now with you.

    Liked by 2 people

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Enter your email address to follow Vox Populi and receive new posts by email.

Join 10,770 other followers

Blog Stats

  • 4,522,084 hits


%d bloggers like this: