Edna St. Vincent Millay

(22 February 1892 – 19 October 1950 / Rockland / Maine / United States)

A Visit To The Asylum - Poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Once from a big, big building,
When I was small, small,
The queer folk in the windows
Would smile at me and call.

And in the hard wee gardens
Such pleasant men would hoe:
"Sir, may we touch the little girl's hair!"—
It was so red, you know.

They cut me coloured asters
With shears so sharp and neat,
They brought me grapes and plums and pears
And pretty cakes to eat.

And out of all the windows,
No matter where we went,
The merriest eyes would follow me
And make me compliment.

There were a thousand windows,
All latticed up and down.
And up to all the windows,
When we went back to town,

The queer folk put their faces,
As gentle as could be;
"Come again, little girl!" they called, and I
Called back, "You come see me!"


Comments about A Visit To The Asylum by Edna St. Vincent Millay

  • Bronze Star - 2,939 Points John Richter (11/24/2014 12:03:00 PM)

    What a wonderfully angelic poem about a little girls fond and innocent memories. Oh how sweet dear Edna must have been. I'm sad that decades separate us for I would have much enjoyed her company........ (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 59 Points Brian Jani (5/16/2014 7:19:00 PM)

    Well writtem poem edna (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,954 Points * Sunprincess * (5/16/2014 7:14:00 PM)

    ..........oh this is very nice....truly enjoyed this write.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 37 Points Colleen Courtney (5/16/2014 2:47:00 PM)

    So sweet and innocent. Nice rhythm. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Meaghan Feerick (2/27/2014 6:42:00 AM)

    the innocence at the end almost hurts. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 182 Points Karen Sinclair (2/20/2014 9:58:00 AM)

    Sad at the thought of so many lattice windows but love the gentle appreciation of youth. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 16 Points John Hardesty (7/2/2013 1:18:00 PM)

    One feels maybe too, O Edna was among her peers! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Gabrielle A. Macdonald (1/22/2007 12:32:00 AM)

    Tender, sweet, counters all the 'asylum' stereotypes of the time. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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