Sara Teasdale’s Lonely Poems

Alone

I am alone, in spite of love,
In spite of all I take and give—
In spite of all your tenderness,
Sometimes I am not glad to live.

I am alone, as though I stood
On the highest peak of the tired gray world,
About me only swirling snow,
Above me, endless space unfurled;

With earth hidden and heaven hidden,
And only my own spirit’s pride
To keep me from the peace of those
Who are not lonely, having died.

But Not To Me

The April night is still and sweet
With flowers on every tree;
Peace comes to them on quiet feet,
But not to me.

My peace is hidden in his breast
Where I shall never be;
Love comes to-night to all the rest,
But not to me.

Twilight

Dreamily over the roofs
The cold spring rain is falling;
Out in the lonely tree
A bird is calling, calling.

Slowly over the earth
The wings of night are falling;
My heart like the bird in the tree
Is calling, calling, calling.

Sara Teasdale
Sara was born in St. Louis, Missouri on August 8, 1884, the youngest child of John Warren Teasdale, a prominent businessman with a fine stable, and Mary Elizabeth Willard Teasdale, who were already in middle age at her birth. Learn more about her life.

Sara Teasdale Contemporaries
Langston Hughes
Ogden Nash
Robert Hillyer
Pablo Neruda

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