A Poem for Monday: Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Recuerdo

Ocean Beach Fire Island Ferry Slip

Ocean Beach Fire Island Ferry Slip, photo by Harry Chisling via Meetup

A cheerful pie-selling lady reminded me of this the other day, when I already had boats and ferries on my mind. Happy Monday!

Recuerdo

By Edna St. Vincent Millay

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.
Fire Island
Fire Island Ferry Slip photo, Harry Chisling via Meetup
Bottom, strolling the quiet walkways in Shirley’s wagon, me via Hipstamatic
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1 Response to “A Poem for Monday: Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Recuerdo”


  1. 1 PAT PARKINSON May 9, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Beautiful Simplicity!


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