The (relatively) new Staten Island Ferry Terminal is decorated with excerpts from Edna St. Vincent Millay’s 1922 poem “Recuerdo” (“I remember” or “souvenir”). The views from the terminal and the ferry plus the photo-worthy items on Staten Island are more than enough excuse to take an excursion there on a sunny summer day.
“Recuerdo”We were very tired, we were very merry—We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry.It was bare and bright, and smelled like a stable—But we looked into a fire, we leaned across a table,We lay on a hill-top underneath the moon;And the whistles kept blowing, and the dawn came soon.
We were very tired, we were very merry—We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry;And you ate an apple, and I ate a pear,From a dozen of each we had bought somewhere;And the sky went wan, and the wind came cold,And the sun rose dripping, a bucketful of gold.
We were very tired, we were very merry,We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry.We hailed, “Good morrow, mother!” to a shawl-covered head,And bought a morning paper, which neither of us read;And she wept, “God bless you!” for the apples and pears,And we gave her all our money but our subway fares.– Edna St. Vincent Millay
Inside the Staten Island Ferry Terminal
On Staten Island
Sunset from the Ferry
- These pics were taken in 2007 and 2008. For permission to reuse, email DuranteDianne@gmail.com .