by Sara Teasdale (1884 - 1933)

What do I care?
Language: English 
What do I care, in the dreams and the languor of spring,	
  That my songs do not show me at all?
For they are a fragrance, and I am a flint and a fire;
  I am an answer, they are only a call.

What do I care — for love will be over so soon —
  Let my heart have its say, and my mind stand idly by.
For my mind is proud, and strong enough to be silent —
  It is my heart that makes my songs, not I.

Confirmed with Braithwaite, William Stanley, ed. Anthology of Magazine Verse for 1920. Boston: Small, Maynard & Company, 1920; New York: Bartleby.com, 2002. www.bartleby.com/273/32.html.


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