Unrequited Love

This poem very much captures  the author's feelings of unrequited love; of being loved just a very little by someone, who always has bigger and better fish to fry. In a few lines, the poet effortlessly conveys that sense of yearning for something wonderful which, for her (but not, alas, me), still seems to be a possibility.

 Sara Teasdale died nearly 80 years ago. Her poems are well worth reading. Without further research, I cannot say for sure whether her experience was the opposite of this poem – but, although she fell in love with a poet, who sent her daily love letters, she actually married a businessman!


I Am Not Yours – 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.



Anyone who enjoyed the poem above may also appreciate this one, by the same author:-

Less than the cloud to the wind,
    Less than the foam to the sea,
Less than the rose to the storm
        Am I to thee.

More than the star to the night,
    More than the rain to the lea,
More than heaven to earth
        Art thou to me.

sichtbar sichtbar 46-50 27 Responses Apr 7, 2010

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She should be better known, caesar.

They are wonderful. I haven't heard of her before...


thank you;)

LOL OK I promise to share, next time!

oh, no you don't mean to say you toss out your own writings..? Please dont, share them at least, get an opinon, I surely do not write as eloquently as the above and yet Ive shared some pretty silly poems, I think, so before doing so next time, would you mind just sending one my way and let me read? I bet they are pretty good....the one above makes me cry, I cannot say why..but Im glad you shared it;) Now, no more tossing out your writings..pretty please?;)

I am glad you enjoyed these poems, Arty. When I read poetry of such quality, I quickly consign my own scribbles to the litter bin!

I love this, I love her poetry..thanks for posting that.

I am glad you like them, Couda. They are very powerful and beautiful.

These are lovely, thank you for posting them.

Yes, Bella, it is; and also very beautiful and effective in the author's skilful use of words..


That's true, Sylph.

Aaahh... a faery's calling... wishful and wistful...

But the words are as beautiful as the feelings are

It is sad that you should always be longing, TRW: but, as always, your comment is just perfect.

She's a soul kin of mine. *sigh* Such beauty in longing.

I am glad, lufred, snowy and FG, that you liked them as much as I do. I agree, 1ora. In this case, the poet is clearly writing from experience and has the ability (unlike most of us!) to capture deep feelings, apparently effortlessly, in just a few lines.

Such beautiful and sad poems.

Rog- very beautiful :)

I hadn't heard of her before, but will look out for her poetry, from now on. Thank you for sharing.

My pleasure, Sassy and frito.

So very evocative...thanks so much for posting them. :)

Wow! Dats rly gd

I am so glad you enjoyed these poems, from such a talented writer.

Thank you for sharing these Rog. Loved them.

very beautiful-the imagery is haunting.

I do love her poetry. Thanks for posting Rog.