Friday, November 18, 2016

Modern Declaration by Edna St. Vincent Millay


Modern Declaration

I, having loved ever since I was a child a few things, never having
       wavered
In these affections; never through shyness in the houses of the rich
       or in the presence of clergymen having denied these loves;
Never when worked upon by cynics like chiropractors having grunted
       or clicked a vertebra to the discredit of these loves;
Never when anxious to land a job having diminished them by a
       conniving smile; or when befuddled by drink
Jeered at them through heartache or lazily fondled the fingers of
      their alert enemies; declare 

That I shall love you always.
No matter what party is in power;
No matter what temporarily expedient combination of allied interests
       wins the war;
Shall love you always.

 

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