Barter by Sara Teasdale

Today we’ve got Sara Teasdale to help us remember poetry this lovely Saturday. Poetry has always been an important part of my life and even my art, and I’d love to help spread the word about it. Are you a poet? While I love sharing these classic poems with all of you, it would be nice to see what types of poems each of us write as well. Contract me if you’re interested in sharing. 

In the meantime, enjoy “Barter” by Sara Teasdale:


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.

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