"All my thoughts are slow and brown."

— Millay, Edna St. Vincent (1892-1950)

Work Title
November 1914
"All my thoughts are slow and brown."
Metaphor in Context
Sorrow like a ceaseless rain
    Beats upon my heart.
People twist and scream in pain, --
Dawn will find them still again;
This has neither wax nor wane,
    Neither stop nor start.

People dress and go to town;
    I sit in my chair.
All my thoughts are slow and brown:
Standing up or sitting down
Little matters, or what gown
    Or what shoes I wear.
First published in Forum, November 1914. Millay, Edna St. Vincent. "Sorrow." Renascence and Other Poems. New York and London: Harper, 1917. p. 43. 15th printing. <Link to RPO>
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.