Ashes of Life

Original Text: 
Edna St. Vincent Millay, Renascence and Other Poems (New York and London: Harper, 1917): 46-47. 15th edn. PS 3525 I495R4 Robarts Library.
1Love has gone and left me and the days are all alike;
2    Eat I must, and sleep I will, -- and would that night were here!
3But ah! -- to lie awake and hear the slow hours strike!
4    Would that it were day again! -- with twilight near!
5Love has gone and left me and I don't know what to do;
6    This or that or what you will is all the same to me;
7But all the things that I begin I leave before I'm through, --
8    There's little use in anything as far as I can see.
9Love has gone and left me, -- and the neighbors knock and borrow,
10    And life goes on forever like the gnawing of a mouse, --
11And to-morrow and to-morrow and to-morrow and to-morrow
12    There's this little street and this little house.
Publication Start Year: 
Publication Notes: 
Published in The Forum
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.