poet Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Apostrophe To Man

(On reflecting that the world
is ready to go to war again)

Detestable race, continue to expunge yourself, die out.
Breed faster, crowd, encroach, sing hymns, build
bombing airplanes;
Make speeches, unveil statues, issue bonds, parade;
Convert again into explosives the bewildered ammonia
and the distracted cellulose;
Convert again into putrescent matter drawing flies
The hopeful bodies of the young; exhort,
Pray, pull long faces, be earnest,
be all but overcome, be photographed;
Confer, perfect your formulae, commercialize
Bacateria harmful to human tissue,
Put death on the market;
Breed, crowd, encroach,
expand, expunge yourself, die out,
Homo called sapiens.

Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (7/22/2019 12:59:00 AM)

    Pray, pull long faces, be earnest,
    be all but overcome, be photographed;
    Confer, perfect your formulae, commercialize
    Bacateria harmful to human tissue,

    beautiful poem
    great write 10++++++++++++++++++++++

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  • Bill Clinton (9/4/2018 9:12:00 AM)

    I did not have sexual orientation with that women.

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  • Colleen Courtney (5/16/2014 3:01:00 PM)

    Speaks from having lived through the ravages of war herself. Nicely written poem.

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  • * Sunprincess * (3/14/2014 7:38:00 PM)

    Breed, crowd, encroach,
    expand, expunge yourself, die out,
    Homo called sapiens.

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  • John HardestyJohn Hardesty (7/2/2013 1:22:00 PM)

    She lived through two wars, the angst of death consumed many, just a few greats could tell or write about it!

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