Christina Georgina Rossetti

(5 December 1830 – 29 December 1894 / London)

No, Thank You John - Poem by Christina Georgina Rossetti

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 the task.

I have no heart?-Perhaps I have not;
But then you're mad to take offence
That don't give you what I have not got:
Use your 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 plesant 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 veiw 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.


Comments about No, Thank You John by Christina Georgina Rossetti

  • Ashek Sarker (6/14/2015 3:59:00 AM)


    that's a fitting answer for the johns! (Report) Reply

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  • (5/2/2007 5:46:00 PM)


    This reminds me of a person who did something like that to a John. This a great poem! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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