A Prayer was written by Sara Teasdale. In the poem, the narrator is looking back on their life and reminiscing on their experiences. Despite facing hardships and experiencing heartbreak, the narrator actively chooses to look at these experiences positively. They choose to love their life rather than dwell on their misfortune.
When I am dying, let me know
That I loved the blowing snow
Although it stung like whips;
That I loved all lovely things
And I tried to take their stings
With gay unembittered lips;
That I loved with all my strength
To my soul’s full depth and length,
Careless if my heart must break,
That I sang as children sing
Fitting tunes to everything,
Loving life for its own sake.