Poets | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
March 5th, 2015 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 285,056 comments.
Edwin Arlington Robinson - John Gorham

“Tell me what you’re doing over here, John Gorham, 
Sighing hard and seeming to be sorry when you’re not; 
Make me laugh or let me go now, for long faces in the moonlight 
Are a sign for me to say again a word that you forgot.”— 

“I’m over here to tell you what the moon already
May have said or maybe shouted ever since a year ago; 
I’m over here to tell you what you are, Jane Wayland, 
And to make you rather sorry, I should say, for being so.”— 

“Tell me what you’re saying to me now, John Gorham, 
Or you’ll never see as much of me as ribbons any more;
I’ll vanish in as many ways as I have toes and fingers, 
And you’ll not follow far for one where flocks have been before.”— 

“I’m sorry now you never saw the flocks, Jane Wayland, 
But you’re the one to make of them as many as you need. 
And then about the vanishing. It’s I who mean to vanish;
And when I’m here no longer you’ll be done with me indeed.”— 

“That’s a way to tell me what I am, John Gorham! 
How am I to know myself until I make you smile? 
Try to look as if the moon were making faces at you, 
And a little more as if you meant to stay a little while.”—

“You are what it is that over rose-blown gardens 
Make a pretty flutter for a season in the sun; 
You are what it is that with a mouse, Jane Wayland, 
Catches him and lets him go and eats him up for fun.”— 

“Sure I never took you for a mouse, John Gorham;
All you say is easy, but so far from being true 
That I wish you wouldn’t ever be again the one to think so; 
For it isn’t eats and butterflies that I would be to you.”— 

“All your little animals are in one picture— 
One I’ve had before me since a year ago to-night;
And the picture where they live will be of you, Jane Wayland, 
Till you find a way to kill them or to keep them out of sight.”— 

“Won’t you ever see me as I am, John Gorham, 
Leaving out the foolishness and all I never meant? 
Somewhere in me there’s a woman, if you know the way to find her.
Will you like me any better if I prove it and repent?”— 

“I doubt if I shall ever have the time, Jane Wayland; 
And I dare say all this moonlight lying round us might as well 
Fall for nothing on the shards of broken urns that are forgotten, 
As on two that have no longer much of anything to tell.” 

Share |

Added: Jun 3 2005 | Viewed: 2805 times | Comments and analysis of John Gorham by Edwin Arlington Robinson Comments (253)

John Gorham - Comments and Information

Poet: Edwin Arlington Robinson
Poem: John Gorham
Poem of the Day: Jul 9 2008

Comment 253 of 253, added on February 5th, 2015 at 7:57 PM.

n2nSp4 Wow! This can be one particular of the most beneficial blogs We have ever arrive across on this subject. Basically Great. I am also an expert in this topic therefore I can understand your hard work.

nice penalty removal from Zambia
Comment 252 of 253, added on December 17th, 2014 at 7:06 PM.

1Z6F2f Looking forward to reading more. Great article. Fantastic.

matz crorkz from Senegal
Comment 251 of 253, added on August 7th, 2014 at 2:10 PM.

Thanks-a-mundo for the blog article. Fantastic.

personalised iphone 5 cover from Mexico

Are you looking for more information on this poem? Perhaps you are trying to analyze it? The poem, John Gorham, has received 253 comments. Click here to read them, and perhaps post a comment of your own.

Poem Info

Robinson Info
Copyright © 2000-2015 Gunnar Bengtsson. All Rights Reserved. Links