Ballade Mystique Poem by Clive Staples Lewis

Ballade Mystique

Rating: 4.8

The big, red-house is bare and lone
The stony garden waste and sere
With blight of breezes ocean blown
To pinch the wakening of the year;
My kindly friends with busy cheer
My wretchedness could plainly show.
They tell me I am lonely here—
What do they know? What do they know?

They think that while the gables moan
And easements creak in winter drear
I should be piteously alone
Without the speech of comrades dear;
And friendly for my sake they fear,
It grieves them thinking of me so
While all their happy life is near—
What do they know? What do they know?

That I have seen the Dagda’s throne
In sunny lands without a tear
And found a forest all my own
To ward with magic shield and spear,
Where, through the stately towers I rear
For my desire, around me go
Immortal shapes of beauty clear:
They do not know, they do not know.

The friends I have without a peer
Beyond the western ocean’s glow,
Whither the faerie galleys steer,
They do not know: how should they know?

Practicing Poetess 28 August 2019

One of my absolute favourite writers. I will read anything written by him! Thanks, Poem Hunter, for choosing him for Poem of the Day.

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Glen Kappy 28 August 2019

one of things this poem speaks to is the difference between solitude and loneliness. we—or many of us—need solitude. and many of us need it to imagine and create. -gk

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Uche Nwanze 28 August 2019

For my desire, around me go Immortal shapes of beauty clear.' Beautifully crafted deserving of poem of the day.

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Kumarmani Mahakul 28 August 2019

Brilliant expression has been made by Clive Staples Lewis. Beautiful poem.

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Ratnakar Mandlik 28 August 2019

Mysteries associated with solitude and one loving it, marvelously unfolded. A well deserved classic poem of the day/

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Khairul Ahsan 28 August 2020

'What do they know? What do they know? ' - Our friends and peers, however close to us, may not actually know what goes on inside us. An excellent poem to read and recite aloud. Love the mystique elements of the poem. Congratulations to the poet on his poem's selection as the 'Poem of the Day'!

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Deepak Kumar Pattanayak 28 August 2020

Very well crafted piece with a touch of loneliness so finely woven to make it outstanding 10+++

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Dr Antony Theodore 28 August 2020

For my desire, around me go Immortal shapes of beauty clear: They do not know, they do not know. a very fine poem. tony

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Kasturi Sinha 28 August 2020

Beautifully constructed!

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paul amrod 28 August 2020

An amazing enigmatic recitation of this work brings up my spine. I love the pure depth of its expressiveness.

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