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Edna St. Vincent Millay - Fontaine, Je Ne Boirai Pas De Ton Eau!

I know I might have lived in such a way
As to have suffered only pain:
Loving not man nor dog;
Not money, even; feeling
Toothache perhaps, but never more than an hour away
From skill and novocaine;
Making no contacts, dealing with life through Agents, drinking
     one cocktail, betting two dollars, wearing raincoats in the
Betrayed at length by no one but the fog
Whispering to the wing of the plane.

"Fountain," I have cried to that unbubbling well, "I will not
    drink of thy water!" Yet I thirst
For a mouthful of—not to swallow, only to rinse my mouth in
And while the eyes of the past condemn,
The eyes of the present narrow into assignation. And—
The young are so old, they are born with their fingers crossed;
    I shall get no help from them.

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Poet: Edna St. Vincent Millay
Poem: Fontaine, Je Ne Boirai Pas De Ton Eau!
Poem of the Day: Aug 3 2005

Comment 1 of 1, added on June 14th, 2012 at 3:12 PM.
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This poem is by Edna St. Vincent Millay, not Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Elin from United Kingdom

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