A Celebration of Women Writers

"Burial" by Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)
From Millay, Edna St. Vincent. Second April   New York: Mitchell Kennerley, 1921. pp. 58.

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MINE is a body that should die at sea!
  And have for a grave, instead of a grave
Six feet deep and the length of me,
  All the water that is under the wave !

And terrible fishes to seize my flesh,
  Such as a living man might fear,
And eat me while I am firm and fresh,
  Not wait till I've been dead for a year !

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