Edna St. Vincent Millay

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

Justice Denied In Massachusetts - Poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Let us abandon then our gardens and go home
And sit in the sitting-room
Shall the larkspur blossom or the corn grow under this cloud?
Sour to the fruitful seed
Is the cold earth under this cloud,
Fostering quack and weed, we have marched upon but cannot
We have bent the blades of our hoes against the stalks of them.

Let us go home, and sit in the sitting room.
Not in our day
Shall the cloud go over and the sun rise as before,
Beneficent upon us
Out of the glittering bay,
And the warm winds be blown inward from the sea
Moving the blades of corn
With a peaceful sound.

Forlorn, forlorn,
Stands the blue hay-rack by the empty mow.
And the petals drop to the ground,
Leaving the tree unfruited.
The sun that warmed our stooping backs and withered the weed
We shall not feel it again.
We shall die in darkness, and be buried in the rain.

What from the splendid dead
We have inherited —
Furrows sweet to the grain, and the weed subdued —
See now the slug and the mildew plunder.
Evil does overwhelm
The larkspur and the corn;
We have seen them go under.

Let us sit here, sit still,
Here in the sitting-room until we die;
At the step of Death on the walk, rise and go;
Leaving to our children's children the beautiful doorway,
And this elm,
And a blighted earth to till
With a broken hoe.

Comments about Justice Denied In Massachusetts by Edna St. Vincent Millay

  • (1/12/2018 9:52:00 AM)

    So, I'm doing a project for school where I have to compare a poem with another work of art that have the same theme. I chose justice. If someone could help me a little by breaking this down, I'd appreciate it a lot. Is the theme about slaves and how poorly they were treated, but they're trying to build a better life for their kids?
    I may have read it completely wrong but just wanted to make sure :)

    1 person liked.
    1 person did not like.
  • Chinedu Dike (5/5/2015 5:53:00 AM)

    Lovely piece of poetry well articulated and nicely penned with insight. Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

    2 person liked.
    3 person did not like.
  • (5/17/2014 11:23:00 AM)

    Interesting read......... (Report)Reply

    1 person liked.
    3 person did not like.
  • (1/25/2014 11:55:00 AM)

    This poem depicts the Court trial ran on Sacco & Vanzetti in Boston between 1920-1927. (Report)Reply

    7 person liked.
    3 person did not like.
  • (1/25/2014 11:55:00 AM)

    This poem depicts the Court trial ran on Sacco & Vanzetti in Boston between 1920-1927. (Report)Reply

    4 person liked.
    2 person did not like.
  • (1/30/2012 5:22:00 PM)

    If anyone doesn't like this poem it is because they don't understand the meaning. Do some research before you judge a poem, not all poems are black and white and some have deeper meaning into this world that we live in. No poem should be disliked because of people not digging into it. This poem digs into deep political problems that were very prevalent at the time. (Report)Reply

    14 person liked.
    5 person did not like.
Read all 6 comments »

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Read poems about / on: children, evil, home, justice, beautiful, sun, tree, rain, sea, death, child, rose, wind

Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

[Report Error]