Sara Teasdale

(8 August 1884 – 29 January 1933 / Missouri)

"Oh You Are Coming"


Oh you are coming, coming, coming,
How will hungry Time put by the hours till then? --
But why does it anger my heart to long so
For one man out of the world of men?

Oh I would live in myself only
And build my life lightly and still as a dream --
Are not my thoughts clearer than your thoughts
And colored like stones in a running stream?

Now the slow moon brightens in heaven,
The stars are ready, the night is here --
Oh why must I lose myself to love you,
My dear?

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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  • Larra Papazian (11/2/2012 10:25:00 PM)

    Oh You Are Coming

    Oh you are coming, coming, coming, How will hungry Time put by the hours till then? -But why does it anger my heart to long so For one man out of the world of men?

    Oh I would live in myself only And build my life lightly and still as a dream - (Report) Reply

  • Lori Orser (5/10/2006 1:11:00 PM)

    I think David is both right and wrong in his interpretation of her words 'world of men.' Yes, there are many men in it, although it is never easy for a woman to find the right one. I do not think she feels contempt for the 'world of men, ' but rather the frustration of women of her era, that they were so constrained where men were not. I appreciate hearing a male comment; most comments seem to be from women. I suspect that her poems are read primarily by women. And I agree with David that the emotions are powerful, and overwhelming to the poet, perhaps ruling her despite her rational mind. (Report) Reply

  • David Zvekic (8/31/2005 12:13:00 AM)

    the meter is a bit irregular but the emotions are very powerful. Teasdale is clearly troubled with emotions that overwhelm her against her better judgement. I can relate.

    The 'world of men' is a clever twist as well. Implying that men rule the world but also that there are so many men it is easy for a woman to find one. Seemingly showing a degree of contempt for this 'world of men'. (Report) Reply

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