The Best Thing In The World

What's the best thing in the world?
June-rose, by May-dew impearled;
Sweet south-wind, that means no rain;
Truth, not cruel to a friend;
Pleasure, not in haste to end;
Beauty, not self-decked and curled
Till its pride is over-plain;
Love, when, so, you're loved again.
What's the best thing in the world?
--Something out of it, I think.

by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Comments (19)

The Witness! ! With the muse of life. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
A good example of a poem on, a meditation on, an object. pinsky takes us on an interesting journey beginning and ending with, simply, a shirt. -GK
Brilliant and heart touching!
Such a brilliant write by Robert Pinsky👍👍👍
At the Triangle Factory in nineteen-eleven. One hundred and forty-six died in the flames On the ninth floor, no hydrants, no fire escapes- this stanza i liked most in this poem...... thinking of the sorrow of the past and remembering the dead....... tony
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