Edna St. Vincent Millay

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

Portrait By A Neighbour - Poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Before she has her floor swept
Or her dishes done,
Any day you'll find her
A-sunning in the sun!

It's long after midnight
Her key's in the lock,
And you never see her chimney smoke
Til past ten o'clock!

She digs in her garden
With a shovel and a spoon,
She weeds her lazy lettuce
By the light of the moon,

She walks up the walk
Like a woman in a dream,
She forgets she borrowed butter
Any pays you back in cream!

Her lawn looks like a meadow,
And if she mows the place
She leaves the clover standing
And the Queen Anne's lace!


Comments about Portrait By A Neighbour by Edna St. Vincent Millay

  • (5/17/2014 12:25:00 PM)


    Such a great poem! Who hasn't watched and wondered at the ways of their neighbors. Love the carefree spirit of the subject spoken of. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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