Listen, children: Your father is dead. From his old coats I'll make you little jackets; I'll make you little trousers From his old pants. There'll be in his pockets Things he used to put there, Keys and pennies Covered with tobacco; Dan shall have the pennies To save in his bank; Anne shall have the keys To make a pretty noise with. Life must go on, And the dead be forgotten; Life must go on, Though good men die; Anne, eat your breakfast; Dan, take your medicine; Life must go on; I forget just why.
This poem is in the public domain.
About this Poem
"Lament" was originally published in St. Vincent Millay's book Second April, published in 1921 by J. J. Little and Ives Company.
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Date Published: 1921-07-01
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/lament