Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | October 3, 2008

POEM OF THE DAY: No, Thank You John

by Christina Rossetti  (1830 – 1894).

 

No, Thank You John (1862)

 

I never said I loved you, John:

Why will you tease me day by day,

And wax a weariness to think upon

With always “do” and “pray”?

 

You Know I never loved you, John;                                  5

No fault of mine made me your toast:

Why will you haunt me with a face as wan

As shows an hour-old ghost?

 

I dare say Meg or Moll would take

Pity upon you, if you’d ask:                                               10

And pray don’t remain single for my sake

Who can’t perform the task.

 

I have no heart?-Perhaps I have not;

But then you’re mad to take offence

That don’t give you what I have not got:                      15

Use your common sense.

 

Let bygones be bygones:

Don’t call me false, who owed not to be true:

I’d rather answer “No” to fifty Johns

Than answer “Yes” to you.                                               20

 

Let’s mar our plesant days no more,

Song-birds of passage, days of youth:

Catch at today, forget the days before:

I’ll wink at your untruth.

 

Let us strike hands as hearty friends;                            25

No more, no less; and friendship’s good:

Only don’t keep in veiw ulterior ends,

And points not understood

 

In open treaty. Rise above

Quibbles and shuffling off and on:                                  30

Here’s friendship for you if you like; but love,-

No, thank you, John.

 

Notes:

http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/rossetti.htm

http://www.usp.nus.edu.sg/victorian/authors/crossetti/index.html


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