Poetry Friday: “Afternoon on a Hill”

“Sunny Days” by Lawrence Alma-Tadema,1874
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund

“Afternoon on a Hill”

I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.

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
Up from the town,
I will mark which must be
And then start down!

by Edna St.  Vincent Millay

School ends in three days. Then I will be “the gladdest thing under the sun!”

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15 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: “Afternoon on a Hill”

  1. It’s a beautiful poem, hoping it gave you a few minutes of respite till the end, Catherine. Then, presages many wonderful afternoons!

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  2. I love your pairing of painting and poem. It’s perfect (to continue the alliterative trifecta)! The last few days of school are long indeed. We finally finished today, but I couldn’t even pull together a PF post this week. I’m impressed with your accomplishment! Hang in there! It won’t be long now!

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  3. I love this poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay, and the painting fits perfectly as Molly pointed out. As it’s already Monday, your almost finished–soak up all that summer has to offer, thanks Catherine!

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