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by Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 - 1950)

I will be the gladdest thing
Language: English 
I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun,
I will touch a hundred flowers
And [not pick one.]1

I will look at cliffs and clouds
With quiet eyes,
Watch the wind bow down the grass,
And the grass rise.

And when lights begin to show
Up from the town,
I will mark which must be mine
And then start down.

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1 Grier: "pick not one."


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 61