poet Muriel Stuart

Muriel Stuart

In The Orchard

'I thought you loved me.' 'No, it was only fun.'
'When we stood there, closer than all?' 'Well, the harvest moon
Was shining and queer in your hair, and it turned my head.'
'That made you?' 'Yes.' 'Just the moon and the light it made
Under the tree?' 'Well, your mouth, too.' 'Yes, my mouth?'
'And the quiet there that sang like the drum in the booth.
You shouldn't have danced like that.' 'Like what?' 'So close,
Whith your head turned up, and the flower in your hair, a rose
That smelt all warm.' 'I loved you. I thought you knew
I wouldn't have danced like that with any but you.'
'I didn't know, I thought you knew it was fun.'
'I thought it was love you meant.' 'Well, it's done.' 'Yes, it's done.
I've seen boys stone a blackbird, and watched them drown
A kitten... it clawed at the reeds, and they pushed it down
Into the pool while it screamed. Is that fun, too?'
'Well, boys are like that... Your brothers...' 'Yes, I know.
But you, so lovely and strong! Not you! Not you!'
'They don't understand it's cruel. It's only a game.'
'And are girls fun, too?' 'No, still in a way it's the same.
It's queer and lovely to have a girl...' 'Go on.'
'It makes you mad for a bit to feel she's your own,
And you laugh and kiss her, and maybe you give her a ring,
But it's only in fun.' 'But I gave you everything.'
'Well, you shouldn't have done it. You know what a fellow thinks
When a girl does that.' 'Yes, he talks of her over his drinks
And calles her a--' 'Stop that now, I thought you knew.'
'But it wasn't with anyone else. It was only you.'
'How did I know? I thought you wanted it too.
I thought you were like the rest. Well, what's to be done?'
'To be done' 'Is it all right?' 'Yes.' 'Sure?' 'Yes, but why?'
'I don't know, I thought you where going to cry.
You said you had something to tell me.' 'Yes, I know.
It wasn't anything relly... I think I'll go.'
'Yes, it's late. There's thunder about, a drop of rain
Fell on my hand in the dark. I'll see you again
At the dance next week. You're sure that everything's right?'
'Yes,' 'Well, I'll be going.' 'Kiss me...' 'Good night.' ... 'Good night.'

Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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  • Bjpafa MeragenteBjpafa Meragente (3/12/2020 4:43:00 AM)

    Truthful. No Good deed goes unpunished. Can you say alleluia?

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  • Ansel Sanford (11/8/2018 1:59:00 PM)

    intersting.. So lovely and powerful.

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  • Joshua AdeyemiJoshua Adeyemi (3/18/2018 3:09:00 PM)

    I thought you were like the rest. Well, what's
    to be done? '
    'To be done' 'Is it all right? ' 'Yes.' 'Sure? '
    'Yes, but why? '

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (3/18/2018 3:04:00 PM)

    I would give this poem a ten but PH hasn't allowed me to rank a poem in a month or so.

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (3/18/2018 3:03:00 PM)

    Every teenage girl should have to memorize this piece, do a research paper on it and the effects of teenage on the rest of her life in all the realms that characterize a female's life. Because this poem really reveals the truth about boys at this age in their life and perhaps all the rest of their life. I liked the style of this wise poem.

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (3/18/2018 2:35:00 AM)

    A poem on love having thrilling expression has been presented nicely.

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (3/18/2018 1:18:00 AM)

    Such a great poem by Muriel Stuart👍👍👍

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (3/18/2017 10:13:00 AM)

    Written in a unique style it is a very nice poem.Liked it.

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  • Tom Allport (3/18/2017 6:36:00 AM)

    a deed is done poem that was only fun for one of them?

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  • Tom Allport (3/18/2017 6:35:00 AM)

    a deed is done poem that was not much fun for one of them?

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (3/18/2017 3:19:00 AM)

    Kiss me! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (3/18/2017 2:39:00 AM)

    So lovely and strong.... thanks for sharing....

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  • Sylvaonyema UbaSylvaonyema Uba (3/18/2017 1:44:00 AM)

    ...the harvest moon
    Well expressed and communicated.

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  • Purnima ManhasPurnima Manhas (5/24/2015 4:29:00 AM)

    Appreciate that he chose simple words and conveyed a deep essence out of it.. It's well descriptive romantic tragedy narrated to convey the common truth that underlies most of the youth love relations.. Clearly, it makes love gentlest and innocent when girl says with out sharing the outcome of their love. Like the way the boy narrated his side of story, which indicates the fun which is often mistaken as love by innocent girls.. He is an intelligent poet, and intensely emotional too.. Absolutely loved it

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  • Terry CraddockTerry Craddock (11/8/2014 10:26:00 PM)

    'I thought you loved me.' 'No, it was only fun.' This poem seems decades ahead of its time and it would be interesting to know a few background details. A combination of love on the run and love run through, with colloquial conversation skirting the spark of lust and consequences of some girls do and some girls don't.

    Beauty plucked ravished casually discarded like 'the flower in your hair, a rose'; and perhaps a hint of a growing pregnancy to be terminated with images of 'boys stone a blackbird, and watched them drown A kitten... it clawed at the reeds, and they pushed it down Into the pool while it screamed' which seem to suggest an aborted baby and his refusal of responsibility with final dark lines

    'There's thunder about, a drop of rain
    Fell on my hand in the dark. I'll see you again
    At the dance next week. You're sure that everything's right? '

    and his going echoed in 'Good night.'... 'Good night.' This is a poem loaded with metaphorical double meanings.

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  • Matthew Ross (11/8/2014 1:36:00 PM)

    this is beautifully harsh and stuart writes in such a way you can feel the girl wither under the truth. how the truth devours her spirit, simply because she committed herself to love and he committed to lust. if only love didn't have to have this possible ending

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  • * Sunprincess * (5/27/2014 12:12:00 PM)

    ...........suppose there wasn't true love in this orchard....cause she talked him out of giving her a ring.
    ~It's queer and lovely to have a girl...' 'Go on.'
    'It makes you mad for a bit to feel she's your own,
    And you laugh and kiss her, and maybe you give her a ring, ~

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  • Shiela Marie AnunciacionShiela Marie Anunciacion (11/9/2009 1:32:00 PM)

    this is truly a remarkable piece that shows the 'ugly truth'... i'm not that mean... but i think it shows the harsh reality of the difference in how a man's or a woman's mind/thoughts work in a certain situation...

    This is a beautiful poem...! ! ^_^ Love it! !

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (11/9/2009 10:40:00 AM)

    Boyish pleasure is actually animal pleasure enjoyed mostly by all! Muriel Stuart has depicted that very well in this long descriptive poem!

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  • Herman Chiu (11/8/2009 12:37:00 PM)

    Very interesting poem... especially the uncommon choice of style.
    Are we men really that cruel?

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