Robert Frost

(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963 / San Francisco)

Asking for Roses


A house that lacks, seemingly, mistress and master,
With doors that none but the wind ever closes,
Its floor all littered with glass and with plaster;
It stands in a garden of old-fashioned roses.

I pass by that way in the gloaming with Mary;
'I wonder,' I say, 'who the owner of those is.'
'Oh, no one you know,' she answers me airy,
'But one we must ask if we want any roses.'

So we must join hands in the dew coming coldly
There in the hush of the wood that reposes,
And turn and go up to the open door boldly,
And knock to the echoes as beggars for roses.

'Pray, are you within there, Mistress Who-were-you? '
'Tis Mary that speaks and our errand discloses.
'Pray, are you within there? Bestir you, bestir you!
'Tis summer again; there's two come for roses.

'A word with you, that of the singer recalling-
Old Herrick: a saying that every maid knows is
A flower unplucked is but left to the falling,
And nothing is gained by not gathering roses.'

We do not loosen our hands' intertwining
(Not caring so very much what she supposes) ,
There when she comes on us mistily shining
And grants us by silence the boon of her roses.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003
Edited: Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Topic of this poem: rose

Form:


Do you like this poem?
96 person liked.
30 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: flower, silence, summer, house, wind, rose

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Asking for Roses by Robert Frost )

Enter the verification code :

Read all 11 comments »

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  2. 04 Tongues Made Of Glass, Shaun Shane
  3. As I Grew Older, Langston Hughes
  4. Mother to Son, Langston Hughes
  5. I Dream A World, Langston Hughes
  6. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  7. I, Too, Langston Hughes
  8. April Rain Song, Langston Hughes
  9. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  10. Life Is Fine, Langston Hughes

Poem of the Day

THE CHANCELLOR mused as he nibbled his pen
(Sure no Minister ever looked wiser),
And said, “I can summon a million of men
To fight for their country and Kaiser;

...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

New Poems

  1. hey hog rider, does the roof have ricket.., Mandolyn ...
  2. my hair is still growing as fast as the .., Mandolyn ...
  3. New Mexico Sky, Taiko
  4. The Truth Lays, Michael P. McParland
  5. I Pledge My Life Unto Thine Word, Dr John Celes
  6. Hope in the Good, yashovardhan kulkarni
  7. Dogged, Chris Ajiduah
  8. Whew-phew! Breathtaking Fairies Stood in.., Harindhar Reddy
  9. Sinful youth, Darian Kalamerd
  10. What A Breath, Chris Ajiduah
[Hata Bildir]