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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. (1878–1962).  Anthology of Magazine Verse for 1920.  1920.
 
Inland
 
Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892–1950)
 
 
PEOPLE that build their houses inland,
  People that buy a plot of ground
Shaped like a house and build a house there,
  Far from the seaboard, far from the sound
 
Of water sucking the hollow ledges,        5
  Tons of water striking the shore,
What do they long for, as I long for
  One salt smell of the sea once more?
 
People the waves have not awakened,
  Spanking the boats at the barber’s head:,        10
What do they long for, as I long for—
  Starting up in my inland bed,
 
Beating the narrow walls and finding
  Neither a window nor a door,
Screaming to God for death by drowning!—        15
  One salt taste of the sea once more?

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