Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Barter

Life has loveliness to sell
All beautiful and splendid things,
Blue waves lightened on a cliff
Soaring fire that sways and swings,
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 to 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.


-by Sara Teasdale