Spring by Edna St Vincent Millay

I asked her

What’s that April Poem

by Edna St Vincent Millay

That mom so loved?

She, of course, knows the poem, quoting….


“To what purpose,

April, do you return again?

Beauty is not enough”


The poet’s desperate reveal,

Threading me back into my family

Mother, sister, me.

Expressing exactly how I feel

Bereft and set adrift

In the underworld.

“Beauty is not enough”

And when I asked my sister

Why do these words help so much.

She said, because they’re true.

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