Poetry Month: Sara Teasdale

Sara Teasdale so often speaks to my heart.  This poem is one that I memorized years ago and still repeat when I am overwhelmed by life’s beauty or when I need to remind myself to appreciate that beauty.


LIFE has loveliness to sell,
     All beautiful and splendid things,
Blue waves whitened on a cliff,
     Soaring fire that sways and sings,
And children's faces looking up
Holding wonder like a cup.
Life has loveliness to sell,
     Music like a curve of gold,
Scent of pine trees in the rain,
     Eyes that love you, arms that hold,
And for your spirit's still delight,
Holy thoughts that star the night.
Spend all you have for loveliness,
     Buy it and never count the cost;
For one white singing hour of peace
     Count many a year of strife well lost,
And for a breath of ecstasy
Give all you have been, or could be.
--Sara Teasdale


  1. Thank you for sharing this lovely poem. I had never heard of it before.

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