April 20, 2008

Edna St. Vincent Millay — “What Lips My Lips Have Kissed, and Where, and Why”

Posted in Poetry at 8:20 pm by The Lizard Queen

Playing ketchup again: three poems today!  Enjoy…

What Lips My Lips Have Kissed, and Where, and Why

What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why,
I have forgotten, and what arms have lain
Under my head till morning; but the rain
Is full of ghosts tonight, that tap and sigh
Upon the glass and listen for reply;
And in my heart there stirs a quiet pain
For unremembered lads that not again
Will turn to me at midnight with a cry.
Thus in the winter stands a lonely tree,
Nor knows what birds have vanished one by one,
Yet know its boughs more silent than before:
I cannot say what loves have come and gone;
I only know that summer sang in me
A little while, that in me sings no more.

—Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1923



  1. surekha said,

    i absolutely adore this poem.

  2. sandy said,

    wasn’t this poem written during the year she was married in?

  3. Lizard Queen said,

    Yup. It was also the year she won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

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