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Edna St. Vinent Millay and the Reading Pagoda

IFI will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.

I will look at cliffs and clouds
With quiet eyes,
Watch the wind bow down the grass,
And the grass rise.

And when lights begin to show
Up from the town,
I will mark which must be mine,
And then start down!

–Afternoon on a Hill, Edna St. Vincent Millay

I spent the afternoon on Mt. Penn where the Pagoda lives. There were deer to keep me company.

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And tracks in the snow.

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From up there, Reading looks like a rail yard with all its long rows of houses attached like train cars.

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Defunct industry sits in the middle of them, still holding court, but no longer protecting the realm. I spied a beautiful church somewhere in East Reading. Someday I’ll drive around and find it on the ground.

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I left before the lights began to show, but I did mark which must be my house before I started down.

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