Edna St. Vincent Millay

(22 February 1892 – 19 October 1950 / Rockland / Maine / United States)

Recuerdo - Poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay

We were very tired, we were very merry --
We had gone back and forth all night upon 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 the 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 the pears,
And we gave her all our money but our subway fares.


Comments about Recuerdo by Edna St. Vincent Millay

  • Alem Hailu G/kristos Alem Hailu G/kristos (11/25/2015 7:43:00 AM)

    I think this poem has surface and deep meaning
    Why does the poet repeat
    We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry
    Any way the way she describes a quality time spent to the mintues detail of helping the needy is superb (Report) Reply

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  • Colleen Courtney (5/17/2014 12:30:00 PM)

    Love this poem just for the sheer joy experienced by the two. Nicely descriptive write. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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