John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton
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Poet's Corner: No, Thank You, John

No, Thank You, John

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;
  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:
And pray don’t remain single for my sake
  Who can’t perform that task.

I have no heart?—Perhaps I have not;
  But then you’re mad to take offence
That I don’t give you what I have not got:
  Use your own 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.

Let’s mar our pleasant 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;
  No more, no less; and friendship’s good:
Only don’t keep in view ulterior ends,
  And points not understood

In open treaty. Rise above
  Quibbles and shuffling off and on:
Here’s friendship for you if you like; but love,
  No, thank you, John.

Christina Rossetti (1830 – 1894)

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