Thursday, January 26, 2023

Quote of the Day (Sara Teasdale, on the Homeless on ‘A Winter Night’)

“God pity all the homeless ones,
The beggars pacing to and fro.
God pity all the poor to-night
Who walk the lamp-lit streets of snow.”—American lyric poet Sara Teasdale (1884-1933), “A Winter Night,” originally published in Helen of Troy and Other Poems (1911), reprinted in Collected Poems of Sara Teasdale (1966)
Unlike the scene in this poem, what I saw looking out my window last night was steady rain rather than snow. But it looked and sounded dismal—and wet—and with the wind whipping up periodically, it was easy to imagine it being as raw as what Teasdale described.

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