Monthly Archives: May, 2011

Well, I Have Lost You

File under “I wish I were talented enough to have written this”… 

Well, I Have Lost You 
Well, I have lost you; and I lost you fairly;
In my own way, and with my full consent.
Say what you will, kings in a tumbrel rarely
Went to their deaths more proud than this one went. 
Some nights of apprehension and hot weeping
I will confess; but that’s permitted me;
Day dried my eyes; I was not one for keeping
Rubbed in a cage a wing that would be free. 
If I had loved you less or played you slyly
I might have held you for a summer more,
But at the cost of words I value highly,
And no such summer as the one before. 
Should I outlive this anguish, and men do,
I shall have only good to say of you.

– Edna St. Vincent Millay 

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