Friday, August 2, 2013

When I Was Millay

I can still remember the day
I pretended to be Millay
and (lacking a ferry) drove all the way
across the state just to bring you . . .

insert lame excuse

and we spent the whole night
trying to do her poem right -
apples, pears, a little firelight,
and a hilltop view.

What ever happened to you?

A poem within a poem for Fireblossom Friday at Real Toads.  The poem I'm referencing is Edna St. Vincent Millay's "Recuerdo."

Update:  put under the scalpel to make it 55 words for my G-Man!

23 comments:

Kerry O'Connor said...

Recuerdo is an absolute favourite of mine.. and you have certainly done it justice in these lines. They're 'a bucketful of gold'.

juzta mum said...

Awww sweet sweet poem!!!

hedgewitch said...

Like Kerry, you hit on one of my favorites from Millay. You've made it your own here.

Fireblossom said...

This is really cool, Kelli, and you've introduced me to a poem I wasn't familiar with before. :-)

That last line of yours is so simple and perfect, something anyone can relate to.

clarior e tenebris said...

Picture perfect. A pleasure to read both, hers again and now your reflection.

Helen said...

Why Ms. Millay .. I do declare! I had never read this particular poem, love your response to Shay's challenge ...

AND the G-Man benefits too? Lucky guy.

Kay L. Davies said...

You have indeed done her poem right.
K

g-man said...

Yes I am lucky indeed Helen.

Mama Zen...
You are such a Peach!
Words can't describe the pride I feel to be thought of
so beautifully by you, a very busy girl.
Loved your poetic 55
Thanks for playing, thanks for your awesome support
Have a Kick Ass Week End

Maggie Grace said...

I wish I could say I knew Millay and her poetry but I don't but I'm sure your writing sounds just like her and is written with the same flair. Always enjoy visiting with you.

Hannah said...

I just love the idea of bringing a poem to life!! You always wow me with your ability to say so much in so few...skills!! :)

Susie Clevenger said...

Fabulously written in 55 words. Love the title...

Lorraine said...

A mysterious friendship, you are , as always amazing (AAAA)

kaykuala said...

Wonderful 55,MZ!

Hank

Brian Miller said...

ha. i like the insert lame excuse

the trying to get the poem right...its a cool poem...one i was not familiar with...

and def a familiar question there in the end...where have they gone...those we once....

Lolamouse said...

A wonderful story and a new poem to me! Thank you.

Richard Cody said...

Ah, Millay...

Sam Edge said...

Great line (inset lame excuse) - you really do say allot with only a few words.

Heaven said...

I love this MZ ~

Sherry Blue Sky said...

LOVE this. Especially the closing question. Fantastic write!

LaTonya Baldwin said...

You have me wanting to pull out volumes. Enjoyed.

Sioux said...

A lovely, sweet poem--from both you AND Millay.

Claudia said...

i think i will start a lame excuse collection just to have them on hand when i really wanna spend time with someone... cool piece mz

Dances With Vodka said...

Millay is one of my favorite poets!