A Close Race by Sarah Chamberlain Weed
This week’s cheery poem comes from the third in a series of readers, Classics Old & New, published by the American Book Company in 1906, two years before this poet shot her close friend and then herself after a bout with “nervous prostration . . . due to overwork.” Very little else exists to tell us about Miss Sarah Chamberlain Weed except that her students and the students of her colleague and co-founder of the Laurens School (called a fashionable boarding school for girls), Miss Elizabeth Bailey Hardee, dearly missed both of them. If anyone can offer more information, I’d be much appreciative! My source, thus far, has been Find A Grave Memorial. Not even Wikipedia has an article for her, nor can I find any images, other than that of her grave marker. Rest in peace, Miss Weed.
(Image credit: Sea Breaking on Da Alter by David Gifford Photography)