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Mood Setting Monday – “First Fig” – Edna St. Vincent Millay

First Fig

My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—
It gives a lovely light.

Edna St. Vincent Millay
I’m tired. It’s Monday, and we have a 17-hour drive to Phoenix. Edna couldn’t have been more correct with “First Fig;” the candle is burning at both ends, but it’s for a good reason. I’ll take my tired state in order to play this incredible tour, talk to some wonderful people, and put my life into focus.
How does this poem work for you?

About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

One comment on “Mood Setting Monday – “First Fig” – Edna St. Vincent Millay

  1. Pingback: Edna St. Vincent Millay | The Lena Jácome Weblog

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