Tom Allport

Gold Star - 44,909 Points (31/05/1949 / Liverpool)

Woefully Arrayed Again - Poem by Tom Allport

A little fairy in a tree
Come be happy - sit near me
The World is ours 'til sunset
King and Queen of the Pelicans we
Though three men dwell on Flannan Isle
Say who is this with silvered hair
I saw God - do you doubt it
Fear no more the heat of the sun
Oh come my joy - my soldier boy
Sing me a song of a lad that is gone
Oh snatched away in beauty's bloom
Having been tenant long to a rich lord
I remember I remember
Riding adown the country lanes
When early morn walks forth in sober grey
Yes, I remember Adlestrop
When love with unconfined wings
Wilt thou never come again
My heart is like a singing bird
Cupid and my campaspe play'd
For a day and a night, love sang to us, played with us
How do I love thee let me count the ways
Mad Patsy said she said to me
Come live with me and be my love
Oh to be in England
Now sleeps the crimson petal, now the white
Through Ebblesborne and Broad Chalke
The shades of night were falling fast
The wind flapped loose; the wind was still
The sea is calm tonight
The rain had fallen, the Poet arose
Away sad thoughts and teasing
I have had playmates; I have had companions
I met a traveller from an antique land
He thought he saw an elephant
Somewhere in Leather Lane
When I was one and twenty
Love bade me welcome
Yet my soul drew back
Oh mistress mine where are you roaming?
Earth has nothing anything to show more fair
Go lovely Rose
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may
Oh sing unto my roundelay
Wilt thou never come again
Life and thought have gone away
The embers of the day are red

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Topic(s) of this poem: story

Form: Free Verse


Poet's Notes about The Poem

abstract lines from like minded people?

Comments about Woefully Arrayed Again by Tom Allport

  • Akhtar Jawad (1/20/2018 8:13:00 AM)


    A well deserved selection as members' poem of the day. Congrats. (Report) Reply

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  • Pranab K Chakraborty (11/14/2017 11:45:00 PM)


    A good smell of happiness blows with simple, soft and lucid words. Thanks for posting. (Report) Reply

    (11/15/2017 3:49:00 AM)

    Cheers Pranab for your comment.

  • Rini Shibu (11/14/2017 9:25:00 PM)


    Congratulations for poem of the day Tom.. Nice imagery and a lovely little fairy (Report) Reply

    (11/15/2017 3:50:00 AM)

    Thank you very much for your kind comment.

  • Michael Walker (11/14/2017 7:26:00 PM)


    The echoes from Browning, Wordsworth and Shelley are subtle but unmistakable.
    The lovely lady is elusive and she meant very much to this poet.
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    (11/15/2017 3:52:00 AM)

    Well spotted Michael? and thanks for the comment.

  • Muzahidul Reza (11/14/2017 6:31:00 PM)


    Wow! Nice story shared, congrats. and thanks for sharing the poem with us (Report) Reply

    (11/15/2017 3:55:00 AM)

    Thanks Muzahidul, the sea is calm tonight?

  • (11/14/2017 4:36:00 PM)


    I enjoyed the classic imagery throughout... Congratulations on member poem of the day... (Report) Reply

    (11/14/2017 5:25:00 PM)

    Thank you very much for your kind comment Harley..................

  • Rajnish Manga (11/14/2017 1:02:00 PM)


    My heart is like a singing bird
    Come live with me and be my love
    Wilt thou never come again.... //.... A poem of love and longing is nicely articulated but the prospects of meeting the beloved are remote which makes it a poignant narrative. May be I have strayed altogether.
    (Report) Reply

    (11/14/2017 1:52:00 PM)

    Thanks Rajnish for your comment.

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (11/14/2017 12:38:00 PM)


    Amazing piece of poem, so melancholic in its core, loved it.
    Thanks for sharing this lovely poem and for being selected POTD.
    (Report) Reply

    (11/14/2017 1:48:00 PM)

    I am happy Subhas that you enjoyed my poem, than you.

  • (11/14/2017 12:30:00 PM)


    A lovely reminiscing with a touch of fantastical magic Tom. There is so much to absorb in this melancholic write perhaps the bones lay with this reflection:

    'When I was one and twenty
    Love bade me welcome
    Yet my soul drew back
    Oh mistress mine where are you roaming?

    Much enjoyed your creative write. Congratulations Tom...10+
    (Report) Reply

    (11/14/2017 1:46:00 PM)

    Simone many thank you's for your positive comments.

  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (11/14/2017 12:15:00 PM)


    Congratulations Tom for your lovely poem and being the poet of the day.
    My heart is like a singing bird
    Cupid and my campaspe play'd
    For a day and a night, love sang to us, played with us
    How do I love thee let me count the ways.

    Enjoyed reading the poem.
    (Report) Reply

    (11/14/2017 1:43:00 PM)

    Cheers Geeta for the lovely cooment.

  • Bharati Nayak (11/14/2017 11:18:00 AM)


    Oh mistress mine where are you roaming?
    Earth has nothing anything to show more fair
    Go lovely Rose
    Gather ye rosebuds while ye may
    Oh sing unto my roundelay
    Wilt thou never come again
    Life and thought have gone away
    The embers of the day are red
    - - - - - -Nostalgic memories of sweet love evoked - - - -The embers remain - - -A lovely write, thanks for sharing.
    (Report) Reply

    (11/14/2017 11:59:00 AM)

    Thank you Bharati for your kind comments.

  • (11/14/2017 9:50:00 AM)


    Amazing piece......Tom......I really love to read it the way you have presented is incredible......thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

    (11/14/2017 10:02:00 AM)

    Many thanks Deepak for your lovely comment.

  • (11/14/2017 7:08:00 AM)


    And thank you too Lodigiana for such kind words, yet my soul drew back? (Report) Reply

  • Lodigiana Poetess (11/14/2017 6:41:00 AM)


    What a super write! congrtulations on being selected poem of the day- There is a sadness to this that is entrenched in the use of your words but withough beng maudlin..a very compelling read! Thank you so much for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (11/14/2017 5:12:00 AM)


    Great write sir. Thanks and congratulations for being selected as the poem of the day. (Report) Reply

    (11/14/2017 7:01:00 AM)

    Cheers Kumarmani with unconfined wings?

  • (11/14/2017 1:34:00 AM)


    Not my cup of tea
    But so joyfully
    I rejoice with thee
    For Ceremony

    Tom, congratulations for Poem Of The Day!
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    (11/14/2017 5:13:00 AM)

    Earl Grey!

    (11/14/2017 4:28:00 AM)

    Thanks Richard for the above comment maybe the tea was coloured sober grey?

  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/28/2016 1:47:00 PM)

    Life and thought
    Gone away! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

    (11/14/2017 4:19:00 AM)

    Thanks Edward be always happy!

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Poem Edited: Thursday, May 18, 2017


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