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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.

One comment on “Edna St. Vincent Millay: The courage that my mother had

  1. poeticlauraceae
    May 11, 2020

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

    Liked by 1 person

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