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Inland
by Edna St. Vincent Millay

 

People that build their houses inland,

People that buy a plot of ground

Shaped like a house, and build a house there,

Far from the sea-board, far from the sound

 

Of water sucking the hollow ledges,

Tons of water striking the shore,--

What do they long for, as I long for

One salt smell of the sea once more?

 

People the waves have not awakened,

Spanking the boats at the harbour's head,

What do they long for, as I long for,--

Starting up in my inland bed,

 

Beating the narrow walls, and finding

Neither a window nor a door,

Screaming to God for death by drowning,--

One salt taste of the sea once more?


Edna St. Vincent Millay was born in Rockland, Maine, on February 22, 1892. She produced a large body of writing, including some of the best-known sonnets of the twentieth century, while pursuing a Bohemian lifestyle in New York City's Greenwich Village. Millay died in 1950.

 

 

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