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i am alone, in spite of love,

in spite of all i take and give—

in spite of all your tenderness,

sometimes I am not glad to live.


i am alone, as though i stood

on the highest peak of the tired gray world,

about me only swirling snow,

above me, endless space unfurled;


with earth hidden and heaven hidden,

and only my own spirit's pride

to keep me from the peace of those

who are not lonely, having died.


alone sara teasdale

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Uploaded on January 19, 2012