Sara Teasdale

(August 8, 1884 – January 29, 1933 / Missouri / United States)

I Am Not Yours - Poem by 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.


Comments about I Am Not Yours by Sara Teasdale

  • (2/28/2018 11:49:00 AM)


    stupid all of it plain hurtful stupid a lot of grief for someone that i will never know or at least i dont think so (Report) Reply

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  • (12/24/2017 1:13:00 PM)


    well of course you deserve to be a free spirit how would i know that i left any impression not all that observant it never occured to me no one had ever really paid attenion / wonder why wow i was so wrong /i was going to ask help but who would believe that he was going to try to kill me /////it is all my fault (Report) Reply

  • (12/15/2017 1:30:00 AM)


    dont finish my sentence yikes (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (11/21/2016 11:16:00 PM)


    I am enamored by the captivating beauty of this love poem studded with exquisite expressions and is sweetly rhymed. Thanks. I quote:
    Yet I am I, who long to be
    Lost as a light is lost in light.
    (Report) Reply

  • (9/14/2015 7:17:00 AM)


    Has such a nice rhythm and rhyme...and then you hit that final word. Haha. I hate when poets use similarly spelled words and think it's a substitute for similar-sounding words. (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (5/29/2015 5:35:00 PM)


    AND I am going to add Sara to my favorite poets list. (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (5/29/2015 5:33:00 PM)


    Wow! One of the best love poems ever. I'm not really a fan of love poems usually, but I may just add this one to my favorites list. (Report) Reply

  • Chinedu Dike (5/29/2015 4:59:00 PM)


    Piece of great elegance, subtly penned in romantic diction to capture it's deep of insight and essence of the poem. A beautiful romantic and love poem indeed. Superb! Thanks for sharing. Please read my poem MANDELA - THE IMMORTAL ICON.10/10 (Report) Reply

  • (5/29/2015 4:12:00 PM)


    Smooth, plain and fantastic flow of words. Love the stanzas! Just splendid! (Report) Reply

  • (5/29/2015 7:35:00 AM)


    Incredibly beautiful. How wonderfully tender. Sara is truly one of the greatest spirits ever to have lived... (Report) Reply

  • Paul Sebastian (5/29/2015 6:29:00 AM)


    A beautiful expression of love. Every line is superbly written. The last stanza is an intense sum up. I was deeply moved. (Report) Reply

  • Paul Sebastian (5/29/2015 6:27:00 AM)


    A beautiful expression of love: 'Long to be lost as a light is lost in light'. Every line is superbly written. The last stanza is an intense sum up: (Report) Reply

  • Paul Sebastian (5/29/2015 6:23:00 AM)


    A beautiful expression of love: 'Long to be lost as a light is lost in light'. Every line is superbly written. The last stanza is an intense sum up:
    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.
    (Report) Reply

  • Naida Nepascua Supnet (5/29/2015 5:11:00 AM)


    A passionate love willing to take the plunge in being loved
    ST is as always a passionate woman.
    (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (5/29/2015 4:58:00 AM)


    Nice thought with emotional love. (Report) Reply

  • Captain Herbert Poetry (5/29/2015 12:53:00 AM)


    Full of emotions and beautiful in every stanzas.
    Superb write
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    Mohammed Asim Nehal (7/7/2016 1:28:00 PM)

    I agree...

  • Captain Herbert Poetry (5/29/2015 12:52:00 AM)


    Full of emotions and beautiful in every stanzas (Report) Reply

  • (11/8/2009 3:57:00 AM)


    She is fantastic! C'est magnifiqué! ! (Report) Reply

  • (8/2/2005 5:12:00 PM)


    This poem moves me to tears. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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