Yesterday Lu of Regular Rumination posted a short poem by D. Nurkse. She said, in her intro, that she “likes long poems, but a very short poem that packs a punch will always steal my heart.” I agree completely.
Today’s poem, “Grown Up” is written by the late American feminist poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. She is unflinchingly honest and witty and at her best when writing about women and our relationships. I love the poem “I, Being Born a Woman and Distressed” in which she rejects sexual power and its associated “frenzy” as “insufficient reason/ For conversation when we meet again”.
In “Grown Up”, she captures the emotions of both the child and the adult quite brilliantly. Enjoy!
Was it for this I uttered prayers
And sobbed and cursed and kicked the stairs,
That now, domestic as a plate,
I should retire at half-past eight?
– Edna St Vincent Millay
from The Collected Poems by Edna St Vincent Millay