Verse > Anthologies > William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. > Anthology of Magazine Verse for 1920
William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. (1878–1962).  Anthology of Magazine Verse for 1920.  1920.
Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892–1950)
PEOPLE that build their houses inland,
  People that buy a plot of ground
Shaped like a house and build a house there,
  Far from the seaboard, far from the sound
Of water sucking the hollow ledges,        5
  Tons of water striking the shore,
What do they long for, as I long for
  One salt smell of the sea once more?
People the waves have not awakened,
  Spanking the boats at the barber’s head:,        10
What do they long for, as I long for—
  Starting up in my inland bed,
Beating the narrow walls and finding
  Neither a window nor a door,
Screaming to God for death by drowning!—        15
  One salt taste of the sea once more?

  Ainslee’s Magazine


Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2015 · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors · World Lit.