Barter (Sara Teasdale)

I love poetry, especially that which leads the reader to feel, think or reflect. Revisiting some of my favourites over the past few days in order to share them with you has reminded me of just how motivational, inspirational, enlightening and enjoyable they can be. The process has been so enjoyable, in fact, that I will be continuing the theme for the rest of the week. In fact, this week shall henceforth be renamed the “Fulfill Your Potential Poetry Week”.

Today I would like to share a poem about mindfulness and appreciation, which is perhaps not as well known as it should be. Modern life is fast-paced and can be very demanding. We are forever in a rush. We are so busy, in fact, that if and when we do find ourselves with some free time, we start to feel uncomfortable and anxious, as though we are forgetting something important. As a result we find it increasingly difficult to stop and take some time for ourselves, which is exactly what the poet is asking that we do.

This is a poem about how wonderful it is to take some time out of our busy days to really see, and appreciate what life has to offer. We are reminded about how much beauty surrounds us and costs nothing to enjoy, yet we are oblivious to it. This is because we find ourselves unable to live in the moment, and to forget everything for a short while as we focus instead on our surroundings.

Even though it was first published a century ago, in 1917, this poem is still relevant today. We are not only surrounded by the wonders of nature, but also some incredible architecture and design. It’s often free to admire and enjoy, but we fail to take advantage of it because we are spending to much time in front of a screen, whether that be a computer or smartphone. So, today, take some time to admire the loveliness that life has to offer. Even if you can only spare 5 uninterrupted minutes for this exercise, your mind and body will thank you for it.


BARTER, Sara Teasdale

Life has loveliness to sell,
All beautiful and splendid things,
Blue waves whitened on a cliff,
Soaring fire that sways and sings,
And childrens’s faces looking up
Holding wonder in a cup.

Life has loveliness to sell,
Music like a curve of gold,
Scent of pine trees in the rain,
Eyes that love you, arms that hold,
And for your spirit’s still delight,
Holy thoughts that star the night.

Spend all you have for loveliness,
Buy it and never count the cost;
For one white singing hour of peace
Count many a year of strife well lost,
And for a breath of ecstacy
Give all you have been, or could be.

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