Collected Poems To One Who Might Have Borne a Message
Had I known that you were going
I would have given you messages for her,
Now two years dead,
Whom I shall always love.
As it is, should she entreat you how it goes with me,
You must reply: as well as with most, you fancy;
That I love easily, and pass the time.
And she will not know how all day long between
My life and me her shadow intervenes,
A thin young girl,
Wearing a white skirt and a purple sweater
And a narrow pale blue ribbon about her hair.
I used to say to her, "I love you
Because your face is such a pretty color,
No other reason."
But it was not true.
Oh, had I only known that you were going,
I could have given you messages for her!
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Dedicated to my daughter Larissa and doctor who may have borne a
message... Ten years missing her as of today.