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Conscientious Objector
by Edna St. Vincent Millay
(1934)



I shall die, but that is all that I shall do for Death.
I hear him leading his horse out of the stall; I hear the clatter on the barn-floor.
He is in haste; he has business in Cuba, business in the Balkans, many calls to make this morning.
But I will not hold the bridle while he clinches the girth.
And he may mount by himself: I will not give him a leg up.

Though he flick my shoulders with his whip, I will not tell him which way the fox ran.
With his hoof on my breast, I will not tell him where the black boy hides in the swamp.
I shall die, but that is all that I shall do for Death; I am not on his pay-roll.

I will not tell him the whereabout of my friends nor of my enemies either.
Though he promise me much, I will not map him the route to any man's door.
Am I a spy in the land of the living, that I should deliver men to Death?
Brother, the password and the plans of our city are safe with me; never through me
Shall you be overcome.

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ba1126
Nov. 14th, 2015 08:42 pm (UTC)
I don't believe I've ever read that one before. Thanks for sharing.
ideealisme
Nov. 14th, 2015 09:05 pm (UTC)
No, I didn't. Thank you for that.
wellinghall
Nov. 15th, 2015 01:18 pm (UTC)
It rings a faint bell, although no more than that. I like it, though; thank you for posting.
kcwarwick
Nov. 17th, 2015 04:58 pm (UTC)
Never met that one but thanks very much!
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