Intention To Escape From Him Poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Intention To Escape From Him

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I think I will learn some beautiful language, useless for commercial
Purposes, work hard at that.
I think I will learn the Latin name of every songbird, not only in
America but wherever they sing.
(Shun meditation, though; invite the controversial:
Is the world flat? Do bats eat cats?) By digging hard I might
deflect that river, my mind, that uncontrollable thing,
Turgid and yellow, srong to overflow its banks in spring,
carrying away bridges
A bed of pebbles now, through which there trickles one clear
narrow stream, following a course henceforth nefast—

Dig, dig; and if I come to ledges, blast.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Colleen Courtney 17 May 2014

Love the whole idea of this poem. Think about anything, any useless piece of information to escape the thoughts of the one who hurt you.

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Edna St. Vincent Millay

Rockland / Maine / United States
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