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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. (1878–1962).  Anthology of Magazine Verse for 1920.  1920.
Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892–1950)
IT’S little I care what path I take,
  And where it leads it’s little! care,
But out of this house, lest my heart break,
  I must go, and off somewhere!
It’s little! know what’s in my heart,        5
  What’s in my mind it’s little! know,
But there’s that in me must up and start,
  And it’s little I care where my feet go!
I wish I could walk for a day and a night
  And find me at dawn in a desolate place,        10
With never the rut of a road in sight,
  Or the roof of a house, or the eyes of a face.
I wish I could walk till my blood should spout,
  And drop me, never to stir again,
On a shore that is wide, for the tide is out,        15
  And the weedy rocks are bare to the rain.
But dump or dock, where the path I take
  Brings up, it’s little enough I care,
And it’s little I’d mind the fuss they’ll make,
  Huddled dead in a ditch somewhere.        20
“Is something the matter, dear,” she said,
  “That you sit at your work so silently?”
“No, mother, no—’twas a knot in my thread.
  There goes the kettle—I’ll make the tea.”

  Ainslee’s Magazine


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