Love is Not All [Sonnet XXX] | Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1931

 Fano Messan - Un Chien Andalou, Luis Buñuel, 1929


Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink
Nor slumber nor a roof against the rain; 
Nor yet a floating spar to men that sink 
And rise and sink and rise and sink again; 
Love can not fill the thickened lung with breath, 
Nor clean the blood, nor set the fractured bone; 
Yet many a man is making friends with death 
Even as I speak, for lack of love alone. 
It well may be that in a difficult hour, 
Pinned down by pain and moaning for release, 
Or nagged by want past resolution's power, 
I might be driven to sell your love for peace, 
Or trade the memory of this night for food. 
It well may be. I do not think I would. 


Edna St. Vincent Millay - Love is Not All (Sonnet XXX), 1931


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