A gentle love poem by the American lyric poet, Sara Teasdale (1884-1933). After her marriage in 1914, she used the name Sara Teasdale Filsinger. As the sea-grass lives in and is sustained by the sea, so the poet wishes her life to be consumed and given wholly to her love. The images created belie her own love story when it would appear that she married largely to meet with the wishes of her parents. The marriage ended in divorce in 1929 and just four years later Sarah was found dead in her bath. Although denied at the time, it is believed that the death was suicide.
I will sleep all night in your arms Then whilst the day is dawning We will wake and gaze out to sea And together Welcome back the morning
We’ll watch as the seagulls broil and fuss As they dart over the incoming tide Hear the call of the geese Soaring over the breaking waves Their stately beating wings Presaging their arrival Their fervour undiminished As they return to the seagrass The meadows of their dreams To feed and live on
Such images reveal to me Confirm my heart’s content That life and nature exist Perhaps their sole purpose To ratify love For each other For humanity Love for nature And for all of creation