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Poetry Friday - "May Night" by Sara Teasdale

May 18, 2017

Tags: Poetry Friday, seasons, May, Sara Teasdale, poets, poetry

Greetings, Springtime Poetry Lovers!

A simple post today, but I hope this poem makes you smile.

I've been away more than home the last couple of weeks, and on a trip to North Georgia dropped in a great used bookstore that's a favorite when in town. I came home with a couple of poetry treasures, including STARS TO-NIGHT - Verses New and Old For Boys and Girls by Sara Teasdale (New York - The MacMillan Company, 1946; 1930 original copyright; illustrated by Dorothy P. Lathrop).

May Night

The spring is fresh and fearless
            And every leaf is new,
The world is brimmed with moonlight,
            The lilac brimmed with dew.

Here in the moving shadows
            I catch my breath and sing -
My heart is fresh and fearless
            And overbrimmed with spring.

Click here for a brief bio of Sara Teasdale. (Sadly, her life was not as light and springy as this poem.)

Wishing you a fresh and fearless heart as you journey through poetry today with Kiesha, hosting our Roundup today at Whispers from the Ridge.


  1. May 18, 2017 8:21 PM EDT
    spring....fearless. It is, isn't it? I always think of the softness of spring. But, spring is fearless in it's overcoming it's hatching and budding and flowering. I like this poem.
    - Linda Mitchell
  2. May 18, 2017 8:49 PM EDT
    I do too, Linda - thanks for coming by and sharing your insights! :0)
    - Robyn Black
  3. May 18, 2017 10:53 PM EDT
    What better to be than fresh and fearless? :-)
    - Jane @ Raincity Librarian
  4. May 18, 2017 11:31 PM EDT
    Considering we have had a snow/rain mix since yesterday and still going, I imagine Sara might know something of this "fearless" spring we're having. What a wonderful find at your bookstore, Robyn!
    - Linda Baie
  5. May 19, 2017 6:57 AM EDT
    I find myself rejoicing in that "fearless spring" this year and seeking to draw strength from her myself. What a lovely poem.
    - Kay Jernigan McGriff
  6. May 19, 2017 8:13 AM EDT
    "overbrimmed" is such a great word! I have a dear friend whose favorite poem is "Stars" by Sara Teasdale. He has a radio voice, and whenever we do events together, he will always end the event with lights dimmed and reading the poem. It's one of my favorite things ever! And therefore I am a forever Sara T. fan. And a forever RBH fan, too! xo
    - Irene Latham
  7. May 19, 2017 8:33 AM EDT
    Absolutely, Jane - thanks for coming by!

    Oh, Linda - here's hoping spring returns to Colorado soon. :0)

    Glad you enjoyed, Kay - thanks for the visit!

    Irene, isn't "overbrimmed" delicious? I'd love to hear your friend read that stars poem. And I'm a forever Irene L. fan!!!
    - Robyn Black
  8. May 19, 2017 4:05 PM EDT
    Oh yes! We are on the same wavelength this week, Robyn. I think this poem speaks to the importance of slowing down to see all the life that is brimming before us.
    - Kiesha Shepard
  9. May 19, 2017 4:50 PM EDT
    Love the repetition of brimmed, overbrimmed, for some reason. Thanks for sharing this little gem. -- Christie @
    - Christie Wyman
  10. May 19, 2017 10:26 PM EDT
    "... overbrimmed with spring" -- how lovely! And welcome home.
    - Violet N.
  11. May 19, 2017 11:46 PM EDT
    Amen, Kiesha - and thanks so much for hosting today!

    Hi, Christie - I found that delightful as well. Thanks for coming by.

    Thanks, Violet - hope your spring is overbrimming with inspiration. :0)
    - Robyn Black
  12. May 20, 2017 12:18 AM EDT
    Robyn, I see that many are commenting on the spring being fresh and fearless. Nature is so amazing in that it brings us a new perspective with each season. I think of spring as a renewer of life. Fearlessly, it makes its entrance and splashes color on the world. What a great poem!
    - Carol Varsalona
  13. May 20, 2017 3:20 AM EDT
    Spring makes for beautiful poetry. Hard to top a perfect poem like that.
    - Brenda
  14. May 20, 2017 6:17 AM EDT
    I love Sara Teasdale. My first class of fourth graders (and I) memorized "Barter." I love having that poem in my brain forever. I hope some of them do, too.
    - Mary Lee Hahn
  15. May 20, 2017 10:08 AM EDT
    Fresh and fearless and overbrimmed with spring... what a beautiful and generous wish for the world! With all the travel, I hope you'll be able to spend some time this spring enjoying your own nest, Robyn. xo
    - Michelle Heidenrich Barnes
  16. May 20, 2017 12:02 PM EDT
    Carol, "Renewer of life" is a lovely way to describe this season! Thank you for your thoughtful words.

    Hi, Brenda - agreed! Thanks for coming over.

    Mary Lee - thank you for pointing me to that poem - "And children's faces looking up/Holding wonder like a cup." You are a teacher who constantly fills those cups of wonder. The end of that poem really struck me at this stage in life, too.

    Hi, Michelle - thank for the kind words & wishes. It's been a trip or two too many, maybe, but thankful to have gotten around to see folks and family. My hubby planted lots of colorful flowers I need to appreciate before they're gone!
    - Robyn Black
  17. May 20, 2017 4:36 PM EDT
    Here's to a fresh and fearless heart!
    - Ruth (
  18. May 20, 2017 9:45 PM EDT
    Hi, Ruth - yes! Raising a glass to you...:0)
    - Robyn Black
  19. May 21, 2017 12:56 AM EDT
    Thanks for this lovely spring ditty by Sara Teasdale, Robyn! And the link to her bio and poems. A handful of us have all shared poems about lilacs, their scent must be in the air, and on writing pathways too.
    - Michelle Kogan
  20. May 21, 2017 2:35 AM EDT
    The perfect Spring poem! Thanks for sharing it with us this Poetry Friday, Robyn.
    - Tara
  21. May 22, 2017 9:09 AM EDT
    Hi, Michelle - I'll go take a deep breath in over at your place! Thanks for coming by.

    Thanks for dropping in, Tara - hope the end of the school year allows you at least a whiff of flowers!
    - Robyn Black

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