Edna St. Vincent Millay



If I should learn in some quite casual way


If I should learn in some quite casual way,
      That you were gone, not to return again–
Read from the back-page of a paper, say,
      Held by a neighbor in a subway train,
How at the corner of this avenue
      And such a street (so are the papers filled)
A hurrying man, who happened to be you,
      At noon to-day had happened to be killed–
I should not cry aloud–I could not cry
      Aloud, or wring my hands in such a place–
I should but watch the station lights rush by
      With a more careful interest on my face;
Or raise my eyes and read with greater care
Where to store furs and how to treat the hair.


Edna St. Vincent Millay, Collected Poems Edna St.
Vincent Millay, Harper & Row, 1956.