Conflict by Sara Teasdale

The Spartan and Sybarite
Battle in me day and night;
Evenly matched, relentless, wary,
Each one cursing his adversary,
With my slow blood dripping wet
They fight from sunrise to sunset.
And from sunset the fight goes on,
I shiver and hear them in the dawn;
They fight to the death this time, but I
Care little which will have to die,
Whichever it is, when the end has come,
I shall be the defeated one.

Sara Teasdale
1884 – 1933

About Russell Boyle

Russell Boyle is a mathematics teacher, writer, and poet. His poetry anthologies are titled The Beginning, Footprints and Loneliness. Russell is the author of the Year 7 to 8 Mathematics Short-Answer Tasks, the Year 7 to 10 Mathematics Multiple-Choice Tasks, the Year 9 to 10 Extended-Response Tasks, the solutions to the Year 12 VCAA Mathematics Exams and the Web-Programming For Beginners series of courses. Sample poems and questions may be downloaded from
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1 Response to Conflict by Sara Teasdale

  1. cindy knoke says:

    Wow. Intensely impactful.

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