Ernest Christopher Dowson

(2 August 1867 – 23 February 1900 / London / England)

To A Lady Asking Foolish Questions - Poem by Ernest Christopher Dowson

Why am I sorry, Chloe? Because the moon is far:
And who am I to be straitened in a little earthly star?

Because thy face is fair? And what if it had not been,
The fairest face of all is the face I have not seen.

Because the land is cold, and however I scheme and plot,
I cannot find a ferry to the land where I am not.

Because thy lips are red and thy breasts upbraid the snow?
(There is neither white nor red in the pleasance where I go.)

Because thy lips grow pale and thy breasts grow dun and fall?
I go where the wind blows, Chloe, and am not sorry at all.

Comments about To A Lady Asking Foolish Questions by Ernest Christopher Dowson

  • Naida Nepascua Supnet (7/23/2015 4:29:00 PM)

    this is nice.. made me smile
    i can figure out if you are really sorry or not.. nice thought.

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  • Corazone Aquino (7/23/2015 9:59:00 AM)

    The fairest face is the face I have not seen..
    I like it. I think he is not sorry. The moon is far.. his journey is far from superficial and even this beauty is not going to distract him.
    I think Chloe is young now but the poet brings it out that she will age.

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  • (7/23/2015 8:25:00 AM)

    Very odd indeed. Is he sorry or not? About what? What are the foolish questions?
    How old is Chloe?

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 19, 2010

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