Treasure Island

Sara Teasdale

(8 August 1884 – 29 January 1933 / Missouri)

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"Oh Day of Fire and Sun"


Oh day of fire and sun,
Pure as a naked flame,
Blue sea, blue sky and dun
Sands where he spoke my name;

Laughter and hearts so high
That the spirit flew off free,
Lifting into the sky
Diving into the sea;

Oh day of fire and sun
Like a crystal burning,
Slow days go one by one,
But you have no returning.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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  • * Sunprincess * (11/12/2013 10:37:00 AM)

    she was in love and had a perfect day...hope they got married and lived happily ever after :) (Report) Reply

  • Is It Poetry (7/9/2013 12:33:00 PM)

    And heaven counts the days run fast.
    The coming night returns
    Each to the past.....iip (Report) Reply

  • Janet Ellen (7/9/2013 11:30:00 AM)

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  • Hn Pande (7/9/2013 4:58:00 AM)

    it acquaints with a jolly world so comfortable of its reminiscences.. my goodness! ! ! ! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Don Mars (6/20/2013 4:51:00 PM)

    ... have you ever been in love, , and remembered the way it felt when the person said your name.. and the longing conveyed in the last two lines.. Slow days go... her words set up the pure joy of being in love, , and the cold lonliness of missing (Report) Reply

  • Don Mars (6/20/2013 4:51:00 PM)

    ... have you ever been in love, , and remembered the way it felt when the person said your name.. and the longing conveyed in the last two lines.. Slow days go... her words set up the pure joy of being in love, , and the cold lonliness of missing (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (7/9/2012 1:10:00 PM)

    Note to the hapless Pruchnicki - a) abuse is not criticism. b) a crystal does not burn and it is like neither fire nor sun. c) it is a mistake to make another poem up vaguely based on the one under consideration. Any poet can chant fire and sun and spirit but they mean nothing, except, of course, to those who do not have the intellectual rigor to resist the specious. (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (7/9/2012 12:52:00 PM)

    Note to the hapless Pruchnicki - a) abuse is not criticism. b) a crystal does not burn and it is like neither fire nor sun. c) it is a mistake to make your own poem up.. Any poet can chant fire and sun and spirit but they mean nothing, except, of course, to those who do not have the intellectual rigor to resist specious poetry. (Report) Reply

  • Paul Brookes (7/9/2012 3:26:00 AM)

    Although this poem has some lovely imagery. The line ending dun - to begin the next line with sands jars and doesn't sit right on the tongue. Maybe it was written in haste to capture the days emotions and feelings and not looked at again as it seems very slack and lazy in parts. However it does impart a bright warm sunny day on the beach where two lovers meet. Doesn't make it a great poem though. (Report) Reply

  • Juan Olivarez (7/9/2011 4:49:00 PM)

    I for one never had tender feet, and scouting was for the white neighborhood kids, if we let them move into the barrio. Nyuk, knuk, knuk. (Report) Reply

  • Michael Pruchnicki (7/9/2011 11:35:00 AM)

    The speaker laments that such an intense emotional experience cannot be retained beyond its allotted time. Yet the poet writes a poem that allows us to feel that experience ourselves through the printed word and with our imagination. (Report) Reply

  • Michael Pruchnicki (7/9/2011 11:31:00 AM)

    One day of intense emotion that cannot be lived again, the speaker laments. One day that stands out for its unparalleled combination of fire and sun with its attendant insight and illumination, unlike the mostly humdrum days that go by one dull day after another! Note to dolts like Straw, a crystal intensifies and magnifies the light which passes through it. That was stuff we learned as tenderfoot Scouts back in the day! (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (7/9/2010 7:36:00 AM)

    Love in a burning situation lifts high the spirit to sky and drowns deep into the sea indeed! (Report) Reply

  • Joseph Poewhit (7/9/2010 6:48:00 AM)

    The torment of time and separation, is brought forth succinctly in the last lines. Much en capsuled in the few lines of the entire poem. (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (7/9/2010 6:23:00 AM)

    The line break “…dun/Sands…” is clumsy.
    “flew off free”” – “off” is redundant
    “Lifting” is redundant
    Can a spirit dive into the sea?
    In what respect is a “…day of fire and sun like a crystal burning”?
    Where’s the “fire”?
    This is a mentally lazy effusion, a third rate poem. (Report) Reply

  • Manonton Dalan (7/9/2010 3:24:00 AM)

    could be very nice scene on the beaches of virginia
    wherein a vacationing lady from midwest encounter
    a dashing gentleman... yes it is very hot now 100
    degrees... and of course he won't be returning...
    hmmm... happen all the time... btw come visit
    our great beaches of virginia esp virginia beach.
    come on cool off. thanks. (Report) Reply

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