47th Virtual Poetry Circle

Welcome to the 47th Virtual Poetry Circle.

I’m on my way back to Maryland from New York City and the wonderful gathering of book bloggers and publishing industry peeps that was Book Expo America and the Book Blogger Convention.  I’m probably too exhausted to post anything once I arrive home, so with this future self in mind, I’m pre-posting today’s virtual poetry circle.

The poetry discussion must go on!

Remember, this is just for fun and is not meant to be stressful.

Keep in mind what Molly Peacock’s books suggested. Look at a line, a stanza, sentences, and images; describe what you like or don’t like; and offer an opinion. If you missed my review of her book, check it out here.

We’re taking a step back in time to visit with the classic verse of 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 ecstasy
Give all you have been, or could be.

Let me know your thoughts, ideas, feelings, impressions. Let’s have a great discussion…pick a line, pick an image, pick a sentence.

I’ve you missed the other Virtual Poetry Circles, check them out here. It’s never too late to join the discussion.


  1. Spend all you have for loveliness,
    Buy it and never count the cost;

    To me these lines are ironic in that loveliness is priceless in that it provides us with the glory of life, being enmeshed in smell, sight, and touch of trees, ocean, etc. it has to be its own reward. To enjoy it…that’s priceless…just being.

  2. The lines in the first stanza about children are my favorites. It brought to mind the look on The Girl’s face when she saw Times Square for the first time.
    .-= Anna´s last blog ..The BEA Post, or I Need Another Vacation to Recover From This Vacation! =-.

  3. “spend all you have for loveliness” reminds me of my great-aunt, who literally took out loans to buy works of art.
    .-= Jeanne´s last blog ..The Magicians =-.