Friday, June 29, 2018

Edna St. Vincent Millay

No poem from me here today (I know. Strange, huh?), but if you must read one and you haven't yet, Monday's post, has my poem, Pulse, and a photo - I don't think it was too widely read.  Please bear with me if I haven't been to your site in a bit to comment.  Life is like a rushing wind around me.  When the wind settles to a breeze, I will have more time and energy.  But this week, I promise to reply to all who comment here or on Monday's post...even if I don't get dishes done!


This week we took a trip up to Camden, and drove up to the top of the "mountain".  Mountain is in quotes because we don't have mountains like other people have mountains.  Ours are considerably smaller for the most part.  But when you mostly see sea and forest for rest...well, we make mountains out of molehills.  But still, those molehills are pretty high up and beautiful.


Mt. Battie at Camden State Park has a stunning view of Camden's harbor.  If you are ever up in Maine it is worth a stop to either hike or drive to the top.


At the summit there is a tower, and a plaque honoring Edna St. Vincent Millay (more info here), who was born in Rockland, Maine and often came to nearby Camden. 


All I could see from where I stood
Was three long mountains and a wood;
I turned and looked another way,
And saw three islands in a bay.
So with my eyes I traced the line
Of the horizon, thin and fine,
Straight around till I was come
Back to where I'd started from;
And all I saw from where I stood
Was three long mountains and a wood.

by Edna St.Vincent Millay
The poem in its entirety may be read here.

For more poetry today, go to Carol at Carol's Corner and check out the links!



14 comments:

  1. I love Edna St. Vincent Millay! I didn't know she was from Maine. Looks like a cool outing.

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    1. There are lots of cool outings all around us! Sometimes TOO cool! The temperatures are typically 5-10 degrees cooler than inland.

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  2. I went over and read your poem from Monday, and enjoyed this post too. I've been trying to write about a Monet painting of cliffs and the ocean, and this helped put me in the mood...

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    1. Glad to help! Lol! Will you be posting it?

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  3. Quite amazing words from her I guess from this beautiful view. I love seeing your mountains, too, Donna.

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    1. And she was only 18 when she wrote it!

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  4. I'm going to New Hampshire and Maine in mid-July. Your photographs and Edna Saint Vincent Millay's poem make me want to drive up to Camden to see this gorgeous view for myself.

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    1. You will not be disappointed. Camden is a beautiful area.

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  5. I'm actually going to Maine in a few weeks. Your gorgeous photographs and Edna St. Vincent Millay's poem make me want to drive up the coast to check out this beautiful part of the world.

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  6. I love Millay, but it's been years since I read her...thanks for sharing this gem of a poem, Donna. So many friends have spoken of Camden as an enchanting place - I must visit someday!

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    1. Visit in the summer, unless you want inland skiing. Camden, as well as many Maine coastal towns, shut down except for the full-time residents/fishermen.

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  7. I"m definitely a Millay fan, but I didn't know she was from Maine. Now I must go back to hike the mountain and see more of her haunts. I did have a chance to visit Portsmouth years ago and visit with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

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  8. Beautiful and rich post Donna, I love the Edna St Vincent Millay poem, I'm a fan of hers. Your strong and moving poem from Monday works well with hers, maybe due to the geography of both–thanks for the pics too!

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