What Edna Said

My contribution to Monochromia this week.

Thank you to the lovely Julia at Defeat Despair for introducing me to the poem First Fig by Edna St. Vincent Millay.

My last post was a reflection about the fullness of life, and this one is also about life’s challenges.   Have no fear, though.  All is well and I plan to be riding the bike for a little bit tomorrow.



My candle burns at both ends;
   It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—
   It gives a lovely light!
Thanks to the lovely Julia at Defeat Despair for introducing me to the poem First Fig
by Edna St. Vincent Millay

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20 thoughts on “What Edna Said

  1. Oh, Laurie. You took that photo? I mean, of course you did, but…wow. That is splendid. All that black – how did you do it? What a photographer you are. The poem is a good one that I must remember. It would be a good one to memorize and then use at some appropriate moment in the future.

    • I too love that poem and am so glad that she calls out her foes, staying positive amidst the challenge. Good for her.
      We all need to remember that … thanks for the catch up on the house, and glad to hear that the close will happen! I’ll raise a glass to you when that happens!

    • Knowing your love of words, Scott, do you also like poetry?
      What did you think of this poem? I loved that she called our her foes while she reassures her friends.

      • I do like some poetry, LB…and have even written a bit of it myself…and posted it with a similar photograph…”Whisper of Light” back in July, 2012, if you feel like going back into the archives.

        I enjoyed Millay’s little poem…I liked that she was thumbing her nose at her enemies, despite what looks like a very near end for herself…courageous and fun…and defiant, even….inspiring for the rest of us mortals! 🙂

  2. Simply beautiful. “This little light of mine will shine, I’m going to let it shine” Do you remember singing that as kids? I guess a bit of Sunday School *did* rub off, LOL

      • ((( you ))) know, every flame needs oxygen to burn bright or it will just go out. I’m so lucky to have friends like you that are *my* oxygen. We all burn a little brighter because of your bubbly little self LB. When they say, “she can light up a room”, that’s what’s going on. You’re making everyone else burn brighter. xoxo True that !

Because Boomdee dared me: Lay a little sugar on me :-)

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