Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt

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Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes. Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.
Henry Miller
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An 1888 lithograph of Piatt.

Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt (11 August 1836 - 22 December 1919) was an American poet from Kentucky.


  • There stretch'd a sleeping army. One by one,
    They took their places until thousands met;
    No leader's stars flash'd on before, and none
    Lean'd on his sword or stagger'd with his gun --
    I wonder if their feet have rested yet!
  • My mother says I must not pass
    Too near that glass;
    She is afraid that I will see
    A little witch that looks like me,
    With a red mouth to whisper low
    The very thing I should not know.
    • The Witch in the Glass (1881).
  • This was your butterfly, you see—
    His fine wings made him vain:
    The caterpillars crawl, but he
    Passed them in rich disdain.—
    My pretty boy says, “Let him be
    Only a worm again!
    • After Wings (1892).
  • Other suns will shine as golden,
    Other skies be just as blue;
    Other south winds blow as softly,
    Gently drinking up the dew.
    • To-day, Stanza 1.
  • All the glories of the sunset,
    In the sunrise one may see;
    That which others call the dawning
    Is the night for you and me.
    • To-day, Stanza 3.
  • If this be all, for which I've listened long,
    Oh, spirit of the dew!
    You did not sing to Shelley such a song
    As Shelley sung to you.
    • A Word With a Skylark, lines 1-4.
  • Yet, with this ruined Old World for a nest,
    Worm-eaten through and through,-
    • A Word With a Skylark, lines 5-6.

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