And You As Well Must Die, Belovèd Dust Poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay

And You As Well Must Die, Belovèd Dust

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And you as well must die, belovèd dust,
And all your beauty stand you in no stead;
This flawless, vital hand, this perfect head,
This body of flame and steel, before the gust
Of Death, or under his autumnal frost,
Shall be as any leaf, be no less dead
Than the first leaf that fell,this wonder fled,
Altered, estranged, disintegrated, lost.
Nor shall my love avail you in your hour.
In spite of all my love, you will arise
Upon that day and wander down the air
Obscurely as the unattended flower,
It mattering not how beautiful you were,
Or how belovèd above all else that dies.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Gabrielle A. Macdonald 22 January 2007

The best! No irony, no paradox here. Only the grieving, helpless loss of the almost unspeakably beautiful beloved - whom love cannot save.

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Thabani Khumalo 16 June 2015

I have a vision to write like this, only if god would bless me enough to.a

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Pius Didier 22 September 2015

A nice poem. Thanks for sharing

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Micah Breeden 27 November 2015

Please report this comment if you believe it crewed, I don't care. [3 Besides the audio voice of what seems to be a women with lung cancer that make my ears cringe, I love the poem. keep it up braaa.

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Adeeb Alfateh 22 July 2019

Shall be as any leaf, be no less dead Than the first leaf that fell, this wonder fled, Altered, estranged, disintegrated, lost. Nor shall my love avail you in your hour. In spite of all my love, you will arise Upon that day and wander down the air great thought great write great 10++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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Ratnakar Mandlik 22 July 2019

" And you as well must die, beloved dust, And all your beauty stand you in no stead. A nice poem with a wonderful theme deserving classic of the Day selection.

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Mahtab Bangalee 22 July 2019

This body of flame and steel, before the gust Of Death, or under his autumnal frost, Shall be as any leaf, .../// beautifully penned;

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Me Poet Yeps Poet 22 July 2019

this is more or less like my FLOWERY YOUTH POETS JUST GUESS I HAD NEVER THIS READ

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Ruta Mohapatra 22 July 2019

Beautiful poignant verses!

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Edward Kofi Louis 22 July 2019

Life and Death! ! From dust and, Back to dust! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Rockland / Maine / United States
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