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One more by Millay--

I hope you won't mind. Really you all should read her. She is so good.


NO matter what I say,

All that I really love

Is the rain that flattens on the bay,

And the eel-grass in the cove;

The jingle-shells that lie on the beach

At the tide-line, and the trace

Of higher tides along the beach:

Nothing in this place.

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Child me, banished to edge of Vermont, dealing alone with the death of my father-- well. You can imagine i was not an easy kid to be around!

A lot of her poems deal with death. A lot of them talk about a landscape I knew in my blood. And, reading her, I believed I could write too.

Today was a trying day. 100f-- I kid you not. And son and I both had surprise root canals. (The kind where the dentist looks in your mouth and says 'hmmm--' and clears a larger block of time than he had intended.

i wish it were October-- with a brisk wind, and the ocean as warm as it will get. I wish I was in the surf.


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Jul. 19th, 2013 10:44 am (UTC)
You were alone in your grief? Sent to the inlaws, maybe? What an awful thing for a child to deal with! I,m glad you found poetry that helped.
Jul. 19th, 2013 04:12 pm (UTC)
No, just packed off to boarding school. In laws were comforting my mom. I was told that my grief was nothing compared to hers, and I should be there for her.

My family was...unusual.
Jul. 19th, 2013 10:48 am (UTC)
I have sympathy for the surprise root canals! I finally consented to go to the dentist for x rays and exam. I.m told I need three of them. I couldn't.t even stay for a cleaning, I was crying.That was several weeks ago.
Jul. 19th, 2013 04:12 pm (UTC)
Tooth feels fine today. But I keep poking it with my tongue, just to check!
Jul. 21st, 2013 07:50 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'm religiously brushing and flossing and rinse with mouth wash, trying to hang on to my teeth as long as I can!!
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