Justice Denied In Massachusetts

Let us abandon then our gardens and go home
And sit in the sitting-room
Shall the larkspur blossom or the corn grow under this cloud?
Sour to the fruitful seed
Is the cold earth under this cloud,
Fostering quack and weed, we have marched upon but cannot
conquer;
We have bent the blades of our hoes against the stalks of them.

Let us go home, and sit in the sitting room.
Not in our day
Shall the cloud go over and the sun rise as before,
Beneficent upon us
Out of the glittering bay,
And the warm winds be blown inward from the sea
Moving the blades of corn
With a peaceful sound.

Forlorn, forlorn,
Stands the blue hay-rack by the empty mow.
And the petals drop to the ground,
Leaving the tree unfruited.
The sun that warmed our stooping backs and withered the weed
uprooted—
We shall not feel it again.
We shall die in darkness, and be buried in the rain.

What from the splendid dead
We have inherited —
Furrows sweet to the grain, and the weed subdued —
See now the slug and the mildew plunder.
Evil does overwhelm
The larkspur and the corn;
We have seen them go under.

Let us sit here, sit still,
Here in the sitting-room until we die;
At the step of Death on the walk, rise and go;
Leaving to our children's children the beautiful doorway,
And this elm,
And a blighted earth to till
With a broken hoe.

by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Comments (6)

So, I'm doing a project for school where I have to compare a poem with another work of art that have the same theme. I chose justice. If someone could help me a little by breaking this down, I'd appreciate it a lot. Is the theme about slaves and how poorly they were treated, but they're trying to build a better life for their kids? I may have read it completely wrong but just wanted to make sure :) Thanks!
Lovely piece of poetry well articulated and nicely penned with insight. Thanks for sharing.
Interesting read.........
This poem depicts the Court trial ran on Sacco & Vanzetti in Boston between 1920-1927.
This poem depicts the Court trial ran on Sacco & Vanzetti in Boston between 1920-1927.
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