Saturday, April 6, 2013


YOU bound strong sandals on my feet,
You gave me bread and wine,
And sent me under sun and stars,
For all the world was mine.
Oh, take the sandals off my feet,
You know not what you do;
For all my world is in your arms,
My sun and stars are you.
by Sara Teasdale

(Picture by Andrew Wyeth) Share


alaughland said...

I had forgotten about the poetry of Sara Teasdale. Poetry was very much a part of our studies when I was in school. I am wondering how much poetry is introduced into the curriculum these days. If it is, I doubt it is the sensitive and beautiful yet powerful art form we had in my day. Poetry is the kind of thing lifts one from the suffocating ugliness that is increasingly seeping into our culture.

elena maria vidal said...

Very true!!

Wendy WaterBirde said...

I just love this...

elena maria vidal said...

Me, too. It captures the way women feel about the men they love.

Enbrethiliel said...


I just bought a copy Songs for the Open Road: Poems of Travel and Adventure. So after reading Teasdale's poem on your blog, I grabbed my new book and scanned the index to see if it was included. Unfortunately, it wasn't. :(

I don't see why it shouldn't be, though! It may not be a "proper" travel poem, but neither is John Keats' On First Looking into Chapman's Homer, which is included. The anthology also has an excerpt from the Song of Songs!

(In a day or two, I may reread this comment and realise how silly I must sound to be recommending it for such a collection. My only excuse is that it is absolutely lovely, I've fallen in love with it, and I consider myself its new champion!)

elena maria vidal said...

Not silly at all, dear Enbrethiliel, and I think it is a perfect poem for the road. The way it mentions the "world" and the "sun and stars" is almost Tolkienesque. I fell in love with "Song" decades ago and it just means more and more to me the longer I live.

Enbrethiliel said...


Funny you should mention Tolkien! He was one of the first writers I scanned the index for . . . but he also was not included.

Another shoo-in, I felt, was G.K. Chesterton, if only for his "inn at the end of the world."

I feel like I should put together my own anthology! ;)

elena maria vidal said...

You should, Enbrethiliel!