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  • April 6th, 2007 | 7:07 AM
Poetry Friday - Edna St.Vincent Millay

Not that I would know a thing about burning my candle at both ends, mind you, but this short poem spoke to me today.

My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends--
It gives a lovely light! 
--- Edna St.Vincent Millay


There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


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April 6th, 2007 03:43 pm (UTC)
I just recently read a book of her poems, a children's colleection of course. But I've been hearing about her for so long as this fantastic poet. I liked her work. And found the poems delightfully simple, like this one was. Perhaps her appeal is that she is straightforward and simple. I enjoyed learning about her life as well. Reminded me a bit of Twain's life. Having a bit of the fame, but always the doubt mixed in with the celebrity.
April 13th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
I like that she sounds as insecure as I feel. :-)
April 6th, 2007 09:03 pm (UTC)
what a lovely picture! Thanks for sharing!

April 13th, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. (sorry for the delay - still disorganized post move.)
April 7th, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC)
As a two-ended candle burner....
THIS is a poem I will remember! Thanks, Susan!
April 13th, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
Re: As a two-ended candle burner....
Hey, you're very welcome.....I am also, as you might suspect, a two-ended candle burner.
April 9th, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC)
A favorite poem
Thanks for reminding me of it!
April 13th, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
Re: A favorite poem
Isn't it nice to discover old friends?
January 26th, 2011 01:30 pm (UTC)
I'm writing it with a smile on my face.
Layer masks are nondestructive and always give you a way out.
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.

Susan Taylor Brown

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