i am not yours

by Sara Teasdale

I am not yours, not lost in you,
Not lost, although I long to be
Lost as a candle lit at noon,
Lost as a snowflake in the sea.

You love me, and I find you still
A spirit beautiful and bright,
Yet I am I, who long to be
Lost as a light is lost in light.

Oh plunge me deep in love—put out
My senses, leave me deaf and blind,
Swept by the tempest of your love,
A taper in a rushing wind.

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  1. Very nice post!


  2. Love this post the little not is sweet too

  3. Truly enchanting... I wish I had a way with words that were true to express in a poem... You have inspired me to start writing in my notebook once more. Ill have to check more of this poets work.

    Lusting after your eclectic blog of goodies.

    Yours truly


  4. This poem was used in a choir arrangement that I sang one time and I bawled just about every time we finished it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DchuKACocgQ
    These words are incredible.

  5. oh wow that is so amazing! THANK YOU for sharing that! beautiful. there's just something about poetry put to words...i sang an Emily Dickinson poem that was put to music when i was lots younger and it was my favorite song that i ever sang in choir =]

  6. Of course, thank you for reminding me of how gorgeous that poem is, I had forgotten all about it. And I agree with you 100%, none of this "you're better than the best, you're cooler than the flip side of my pillow" crap. I want some REAL WORDS.



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