Sonnet IIINot with libations, but with shouts and laughter We drenched the altars of Love’s sacred grove, Shaking to earth green fruits, impatient after The launching of the colored moths of Love. Love’s proper myrtle and his mother’s zone We bound about our irreligious brows, And fettered him with garlands of our own, And spread a banquet in his frugal house. Not yet the god has spoken; but I fear Though we should break our bodies in his flame, And pour our blood upon his altar, here Henceforward is a grove without a name, A pasture to the shaggy goats of Pan, Whence flee forever a woman and a man.
From Second April, 1921
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Tomorrow is our 25th wedding anniversary, and we are off to celebrate by hiking up a mountainside. This space may be quiet for a few days, as we ramble together, revisit favourite places, and reminisce far from the wired-in world.