The year was 1918. World War I was coming to an end when Sara Teasdale wrote “There Will Come Soft Rains.” Influenced by the unprecedented levels of destruction witnessed and precious lives lost during the war years, she used the soft and gentle voice of nature to lament the futility and horror of unspeakable violence that had griped the entire world.
In this poignant 12-line poem, Sara imagines that nature will reclaim earth. Nature brings peace, and will remember us no longer. First published in the July 1918 issue of Harper’s Magazine, “There Will Come Soft Rains,” was included in Sarah’s 1920 collection, Flame and Shadow.
Years later, in 1950, Ray Bradbury used these same words, “There Will Come Soft Rains,” in a short story published in the May 6, 1950 issue of Collier’s. A few months later this story was included in his “The Martian Chronicles.”
“Why live? Life was its own answer. Life was the propagation of more life and the living of as good a life as possible.” Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles
Join me as I recite, “There Will Come Soft Rains.”
There Will Come Soft Rains
by Sara Teasdale 1884 -1933
There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;
And frogs in the pools singing at night,
And wild plum trees in tremulous white,
Robins will wear their feathery fire
Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire;
And not one will know of the war, not one
Will care at last when it is done.
Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree
If mankind perished utterly;
And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn,
Would scarcely know that we were gone.