Today, is a day to honor “Ghosts”….
George Washington’s apparition at Little Round Top is one of my favorite tales, today is his birthday. Most think of American royalty as Camelot, with the Kennedys. I think of tall General Washington, on his handsome, white horse, as our Prince. You can find this favorite ghost tale of mine in a previous blog….George Washington’s Ghost at Gettysburg.
On this day, in the year 1892, Edna St. Vincent Millay was born.
So, on this present day, this blog writer thanks her for this……
“The Little Ghost”………
I knew her for a little ghost
That in my garden walked;
The wall is high—higher than most—
And the green gate was locked.
And yet I did not think of that
Till after she was gone—
I knew her by the broad white hat,
All ruffled, she had on.
By the dear ruffles round her feet,
By her small hands that hung
In their lace mitts, austere and sweet,
Her gown’s white folds among.
I watched to see if she would stay,
What she would do—and oh!
She looked as if she liked the way
I let my garden grow!
She bent above my favourite mint
With conscious garden grace,
She smiled and smiled—there was no hint
Of sadness in her face.
She held her gown on either side
To let her slippers show,
And up the walk she went with pride,
The way great ladies go.
And where the wall is built in new
And is of ivy bare
She paused—then opened and passed through
A gate that once was there.
I love this poem….it conjures so vividly the image of this Little Ghost…..as one so interested in the Spirit World, it has always been a favorite poem of mine.
I wonder where Edna’s ghost chooses to wander…..I hope it is in a garden as lovely as this one, and she is happily, at peace…….with no trace of sadness lingering on her spectred face…….
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