“Autumn Daybreak”

By Edna St. Vincent Millay

Posted this week at the Englewood Review of Books. I love this poem, especially the last line. From my desk in the Blue Room, there’s a window that overlooks a large tree, and behind it, my neighbor’s house, which is where James goes during the day while I work. I love it in the winter because the leaves are gone and I can see him as he plays outside.

Cold wind of autumn, blowing loud
At dawn, a fortnight overdue,
Jostling the doors, and tearing through
My bedroom to rejoin the cloud,
I know—for I can hear the hiss
And scrape of leaves along the floor—
How may boughs, lashed bare by this,
Will rake the cluttered sky once more.

Tardy, and somewhat south of east,
The sun will rise at length, made known
More by the meagre light increased
Than by a disk in splendour shown;
When, having but to turn my head,
Through the stripped maple I shall see,
Bleak and remembered, patched with red,
The hill all summer hid from me.

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