She is neither pink nor pale,
And she never will be all mine;
She learned her hands in a fairy-tale,
And her mouth on a valentine.
She has more hair than she needs;
In the sun 'tis a woe to me!
And her voice is a string of colored beads,
Or steps leading into the sea.
She loves me all that she can,
And her ways to my ways resign;
But she was not made for any man,
And she never will be all mine.
"Witch-Wife" is a poem written by Edna St. Vincent Millay and published in 1917 by Harper & Brothers in Millay's first collection of poetry, Renascence and Other Poems. Millay was bisexual and did not shy away from that fact in her poetry or her life, which made her quite the provocateur, even in the 1920s. She stated bluntly that the poem was "clearly something of a self-portrait" (Milford, 135). The poem could have been about any number of women, as Millay was a student at Vassar (then a women's college) at the time, probably making her way through the student population like a frat boy going through a sorority.
Milford, Nancy. Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay. New York: Random House, 2001. Print.