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Sara Teasdale - Dust

When I went to look at what had long been hidden,
A jewel laid long ago in a secret place,
I trembled, for I thought to see its dark deep fire—
But only a pinch of dust blew up in my face.

I almost gave my life long ago for a thing
That has gone to dust now, stinging my eyes—
It is strange how often a heart must be broken
Before the years can make it wise.

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Poet: Sara Teasdale
Poem: Dust
Poem of the Day: Apr 3 2005

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Comment 2 of 4, added on January 4th, 2006 at 4:14 PM.

I think Sara is realizing that she might have made a mistake in choosing a husband. I dont know when she wrote this, but if it was after divorcing her husband, perhaps she is just regretting the choice she made...

Gina from United States

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