Spotlight Poetry – Exiled – A Poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay

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© Goran Žigolić, Stormy SeaII, 2020

Exiled by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Wanting the sticky, salty sweetness
  Of the strong wind and shattered spray;
Wanting the loud sound and the soft sound
  Of the big surf that breaks all day.

Always I climbed the wave at morning,
  Shook the sand from my shoes at night,
That now am caught beneath great buildings,
  Stricken with noise, confused with light.

If I could see the weedy mussels
  Crusting the wrecked and rotting hulls,
Hear once again the hungry crying
  Overhead, of the wheeling gulls,

I should be happy,—that was happy
  All day long on the coast of Maine!
I have a need to hold and handle
  Shells and anchors and ships again!

Poem Attribution © Edna St. Vincent Millay, Exiled

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Painting Attribution © Goran Žigolić, Stormy SeaII, 2020

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