What Lips My Lips Have Kissed

What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why,
I have forgotten, and what arms have lain
Under my head till morning; but the rain
Is full of ghosts tonight, that tap and sigh
Upon the glass and listen for reply,
And in my heart there stirs a quiet pain
For unremembered lads that not again
Will turn to me at midnight with a cry.
Thus in winter stands the lonely tree,
Nor knows what birds have vanished one by one,
Yet knows its boughs more silent than before:
I cannot say what loves have come and gone,
I only know that summer sang in me
A little while, that in me sings no more.

Edna St. Vincent Millay, known as “Vincent” to her friends, obtained a scholarship to Vassar in 1912 based on her poetry.  You can read The Lyric Year:  One Hundred Poems at the Google book site, along with The Lamp and the Bell, a play she authored about love between women.  Or read a brief biography of the poet’s life at poets.org.

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