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Edna St. Vincent Millay - Mariposa

Butterflies are white and blue
In this field we wander through.
Suffer me to take your hand.
Death comes in a day or two.

All the things we ever knew
Will be ashes in that hour,
Mark the transient butterfly,
How he hangs upon the flower.

Suffer me to take your hand.
Suffer me to cherish you
Till the dawn is in the sky.
Whether I be false or true,
Death comes in a day or two.

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Poet: Edna St. Vincent Millay
Poem: Mariposa
Poem of the Day: Feb 24 2009

Comment 2 of 2, added on December 8th, 2005 at 5:37 PM.

When I was three and twenty,my girlfriend quoted this poem to me. I married her anyway. It lasted three years. No children. Amicable divorce. She tried to warn me. No complaints.

sam sears from United States
Comment 1 of 2, added on March 14th, 2005 at 11:12 PM.

I liked what Millay said in Mariposa. She presented the dichotomy of life in her symbolic and well styled way.

MJ from United States

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