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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 on a 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.



Public Domain

In this vintage photo from 100 years ago, Santa stands at his post in Midtown Manhattan soliciting change for holiday dinners for the needy. [Photo:  The George Bain Collection of the Library of Congress]

3 comments on “Edna St. Vincent Millay: Recuerdo

  1. vengodalmare
    December 24, 2021

    Merry Christmases e thank you for the beautiful poem.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Barbara Huntington
    December 24, 2021

    Why have I never seen that poem before? Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

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