Friday, April 07, 2006

Poetry Friday

Poetry Friday was started by Kelly at Big A little a. Participants this week include Students for Literacy Ottawa and Jen Robinson.

Edna St. Vincent Millay is one of my all time favorite poets. In college, I was constantly checking out the Collected Poems and was very happy when I was able to buy my own copy . I am still thankful to those college librarians who, recognizing my obsession with the book, never charged me late fees.


We were very tired, we were very merry--
We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry.
It was bare and bright, and smelled like a stable--
But we looked into a fire, we leaned across a table,
We lay on a hilltop underneath the moon;
And the whistles kept blowing, and the dawn came soon.

We were very tired, we were very merry--
We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry,
And you ate an apple, and I ate a pear,
From a dozen of each we had bought somewhere;
And the sky went wan, and the wind came cold,
And the sun rose dripping, a bucketful of gold.

We were very tired, we were very merry,
We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry,
We hailed "Good morrow, mother!" to a shawl-covered head,
And bought a morning paper, which neither of us read;
And she wept, "God bless you!" for the apples and pears,
And we gave her all our money but our subway fares.

UPDATED TO ADD: Michele at Scholar's Blog has three great contributions, including 2 favorites of mine and one that is new to me.

UPDATED AGAIN TO ADD: Gregory K at Gotta Book and Chicken Spaghetti, both who are fibbing.


Michele said...

And me ! Just this minute...

Liz B said...

We must have been posting at the same time! I updated.

Michele said...

Quite possibly ! I tend to write my Blog posts in the evening, after dinner (at least on work days)...

So which poem weren't you familiar with already ? I'd guess "High Flight", but I may be wrong...

Greg Pincus said...

It's nice to see Fibbing referred to as poetry :-) Perhaps in honor of it being Poetry Friday, over 300 Fibs were posted on my blog by all sorts o' folks. Tickled me pink, I must say!

Liz B said...

Michele, It was "Falling Asleep".

Gregory, that is so cool!

Michele said...

Oh interesting !! Sassoon is one of my favourite poets so he tends to appear quite often...