Poem: Edna St Vincent Millay, ‘I, being born a Woman and Distressed’

I, being born a woman and distressed
By all the needs and notions of my kind,
Am urged by your propinquity to find
Your person fair, and feel a certain zest
To bear your body’s weight upon my breast:
So subtly is the fume of life designed,
To clarify the pulse and cloud the mind,
And leave me once again undone, possessed.
Think not for this, however, the poor treason
Of my stout blood against my staggering brain,
I shall remember you with love, or season
My scorn wtih pity, — let me make it plain:
I find this frenzy insufficient reason
For conversation when we meet again.


Second of my postings for National Poetry Month.  I’ve always liked this sexy, cheeky, clever sonnet from Edna St Vincent Millay.  Millay was a North American poet, a feminist and an openly bisexual woman who had an open marriage with her husband Eugen Boissevain.