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Poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay


Listen, children:
Your father is dead.
From his old coats
Ill make you little jackets;
Ill make you little trousers
From his old pants.
Therell be in his pockets
Things he used to put there,
Keys and pennies
Covered with tobacco;
Dan shall have the pennies
To save in his bank;
Anne shall have the keys
To make a pretty noise with.
Life must go on,
And the dead be forgotten;
Life must go on,
Though good men die;
Anne, eat your breakfast;
Dan, take your medicine;
Life must go on;
I forget just why.

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay's other poems:
  1. She is Overheard Singing
  2. MacDougal Street
  3. Three Songs of Shattering
  4. Thursday
  5. Pastoral

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Thomas Hardy Lament ("How she would have loved")
  • Robert Binyon Lament ("Fall now, my cold thoughts, frozen fall")
  • Bliss Carman Lament ("When you hear the white-throat pealing")
  • Dylan Thomas Lament ("When I was a windy boy and a bit")

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