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The Poetry of Sara Teasdale
I have many poems that I love written by Sara Teasdale. I thought I would start a topic on her poetry. But also of her.
The following one is titled, Because:
Oh, because you never tried To bow my will or break my pride, And nothing of the cave-man made You want to keep me half afraid, Nor ever with a conquering air You thought to draw me unaware -- Take me, for I love you more Than I ever loved before.
And since the body's maidenhood Alone were neither rare nor good Unless with it I gave to you A spirit still untrammeled, too, Take my dreams and take my mind That were masterless as wind; And "Master!" I shall say to you Since you never asked me to.
I have no riches but my thoughts, Yet these are wealth enough for me; My thoughts of you are golden coins Stamped in the mint of memory;
And I must spend them all in song, For thoughts, as well as gold, must be Left on the hither side of death To gain their immortality.
What do I owe to you Who loved me deep and long? You never gave my spirit wings Nor gave my heart a song.
But oh, to him I loved, Who loved me not at all, I owe the little open gate That led through heaven’s wall.
I said "I have shut my heart As one shuts an open door, That Love may starve therein And trouble me no more."
But over the roofs there came The wet new wind of May, And a tune blew up from the curb Where the street-pianos play.
My room was white with the sun And Love cried out in me, "I am strong, I will break your heart Unless you set me free."
_________________ "Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self." - Cyril Connolly
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