Arthur Symons

(28 February 1865 – 22 January 1945 / Milford Havens, Wales)

At Seventeen



You were a child, and liked me, yesterday.
To-day you are a woman, and perhaps
Those softer eyes betoken the sweet lapse
Of liking into loving: who shall say?
Only I know that there can be for us
No liking more, nor any kisses now,
But they shall wake sweet shame upon your brow
Sweetly, or in a rose calamitous.

Trembling upon the verge of some new dawn
You stand, as if awakened out of sleep,
And it is I who cried to you, 'Arise!'
I who would fain call back the child that's gone,
And what you lost for me would have you keep,
Fearing to meet the woman of your eyes.

Submitted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

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 (At Seventeen by Arthur Symons )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  2. To an Athlete Dying Young, Alfred Edward Housman
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. A Song About Myself, John Keats
  5. Death is Nothing at All, Henry Scott Holland
  6. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  7. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  8. Bright Star, John Keats
  9. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  10. "Why do I love" You, Sir?, Emily Dickinson

Poem of the Day

poet Alfred Edward Housman

The time you won your town the race
We chaired you through the market-place;
Man and boy stood cheering by,
And home we brought you shoulder-high.

...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

New Poems

  1. The Escapist, Jaipal Singh
  2. GOD LISTENS AND SPEAKS, Michael P. Johnson
  3. A Journey By Indian Train, Bijay Kant Dubey
  4. They die before you do., Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  5. Witch Romance, Alexander Onoja
  6. The safe ground, Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  7. Old age gripping, Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  8. Your Warmth 2, Michael P. McParland
  9. The Zulu King, Margaret Alice Second
  10. I Love Life, Alfred Oyori
[Hata Bildir]