Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE RIVER, by SARA TEASDALE

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THE RIVER, by                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I came from the sunny valleys
Last Line: Am bitter as the sea.
Alternate Author Name(s): Filsinger, Ernest B., Mrs.
Subject(s): Rivers

I came from the sunny valleys
And sought for the open sea,
For I thought in its gray expanses
My peace would come to me.

I came at last to the ocean
And found it wild and black,
And I cried to the windless valleys,
"Be kind and take me back!"

But the thirsty tide ran inland,
And the salt waves drank of me,
And I who was fresh as the rainfall
Am bitter as the sea.

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