Sara Teasdale

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Sara Teasdale – 5 May 2009

Sara Teasdale (1884–1933) was a talented American poet who was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Her lyric verse is known for its rhythm, simplicity, musical quality, and purity of form. Her first volume of poetry appeared in 1907; and ten years later, her Love Songs won the Columbia University prize for the best book of poetry published by an American in 1917. Rivers to the Sea is a collection of her most popular poems. Her works include Sonnets to Duse and Other Poems; Helen of Troy and Other Poems; Flame and Shadow; Dark of the Moon; and Strange Victory, which was published after her death.

Our purple lilacs by the lakeshore are now in full bloom, and their wonderful scent fills the air. I think that the following Sara Teasdale poem, which mentions lilacs in the first line and is titled “May,” is appropriate for today:

Sara Teasdale

The wind is tossing the lilacs,
The new leaves laugh in the sun,
And the petals fall on the orchard wall,
But for me the spring is done.

Beneath the apple blossoms
I go a wintry way,
For love that smiled in April
Is false to me in May.

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"Joyful Curmudgeon"
An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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