Not In A Silver Casket Cool With Pearls Poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Not In A Silver Casket Cool With Pearls

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Not in a silver casket cool with pearls
Or rich with red corundum or with blue,
Locked, and the key withheld, as other girls
Have given their loves, I give my love to you;
Not in a lovers'-knot, not in a ring
Worked in such fashion, and the legend plain—
Semper fidelis, where a secret spring
Kennels a drop of mischief for the brain:
Love in the open hand, no thing but that,
Ungemmed, unhidden, wishing not to hurt,
As one should bring you cowslips in a hat
Swung from the hand, or apples in her skirt,
I bring you, calling out as children do:
"Look what I have!—And these are all for you."

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Mtdubs 09 July 2021

This was my wedding poem - 43 years ago

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Colleen Courtney 17 May 2014

Such much sweetness to be found in this poem.

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Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Rockland / Maine / United States
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