Apostrophe To Man Poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Apostrophe To Man

Rating: 3.0


(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.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Adeeb Alfateh 22 July 2019

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 04 September 2018

I did not have sexual orientation with that women.

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Colleen Courtney 16 May 2014

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

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* Sunprincess * 14 March 2014

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

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John Hardesty 02 July 2013

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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Edna St. Vincent Millay

Rockland / Maine / United States
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