Learn More

Alice Duer Miller

(28 July 1874 - 22 August 1942 / New York City, New York)

After a Quarrel


WE have quarreled; ugly things have been said,
Bitter things, in a tone controlled, well-bred,
Temperate; we weighed our words, lest the lust
Of cruelty lose the edge of being just.
We have quarreled over a trifle, one of those trifles
That strike their roots to the very heart of each,
To the cold and earthy places where even love stifles,
And kindness and friendly habit cannot reach ;
Those unexplored vaults of the spirit, black, unknown,
Where each is a king, but a king ashamed, alone,
Afraid of the world, afraid of friend and foe.
Oh, human creatures must quarrel, my dear, I know;
But if we must, let's quarrel for something great,
For something final and dangerous - mastery; hate,
Freedom, or jealousy, virtue, death, or life:
For then two loves leap up on the wings of strife
Into the sun and air of their own souls' sight,
Locked together, joined, putting forth all their might
That love may survive or fail, or perish or win,
But perish not for a trifle. That is sin.

Submitted: Thursday, March 15, 2012

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (After a Quarrel by Alice Duer Miller )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  2. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  3. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  4. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  5. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  6. Sonnet XVII, Pablo Neruda
  7. Bluebird, Charles Bukowski
  8. A Child's Christmas in Wales, Dylan Thomas
  9. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  10. A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe

Poem of the Day

poet Li Po

Amongst the flowers I
am alone with my pot of wine
drinking by myself; then lifting
my cup I asked the moon
to drink with me, its reflection
and mine in the wine cup, just
...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

poet Marvin Brato Sr

New Poems

  1. Today's World, Leong Ming Loong
  2. Thoughts in the Moonlight, Luo Zhihai
  3. Tales Of A Wife: Honeymoon, Onyekachukwu Vincent Onyeche
  4. Guard well, gajanan mishra
  5. The Photographer, Ravikumar C.P.
  6. Tuavatara!, Ravikumar C.P.
  7. Mystery Caller, Ravikumar C.P.
  8. Do, my dear, gajanan mishra
  9. Cinders of Life, Tim Labbe
  10. Aiy Mere Khuda Aiy Mere Khuda, Akhtar Jawad
[Hata Bildir]