He would not stay for me, and who can wonder

handsome, saudade, alone, soloI love poetry and The Closet Professor is a southern blogger who now resides in Vermont who regularly shares poems like the one below.

I had never heard of  A.E. Housman but according to his Wikipedia page, he was a celebrated poet (and much to my surprise) apparently fell in love with a long time friend / roommate but unfortunately the feelings were never reciprocated as Moses Jackson was heterosexual. Makes you wonder if Housman had Jackson in mind when he wrote this brief but beautiful poem.

He would not stay for me, and who can wonder
A. E. Housman, 1859 – 1936
 He would not stay for me, and who can wonder?
  He would not stay for me to stand and gaze.
I shook his hand, and tore my heart in sunder,
  And went with half my life about my ways.

If you like what you read, check out The Closet Professor blog, but beware it is not safe to read while at work.

7 responses to “He would not stay for me, and who can wonder

  1. Hubs quotes poetry every now and then; “To an Athlete Dying Young”, Houseman and “J Albert Prufrock” by TS Elliot, word for word. I can’t seem to remember to take my Namenda.

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  2. When I was one and twenty I heard a wise man say
    Give crowns and pounds and guineas but not your heart away
    When I was one and twenty I heard him say again
    Read Boz Guy every morning, and acquire a pleasant grin
    And I am two and twenty and oh tis true tis TRUE

    ……thanks pal..you are the best!!!!!
    Tim in France

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  3. I used to read The Closet Professor religiously but lost track of the blog more than a year ago. Thank you for reintroducing him. Seems like he’s had quite a year.

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  4. Hello, BosGuy. This was a good choice.

    You really had never heard of A. E. Housman?

    In the meantime, yes, I shall check out The Closet Blogger’s Blog.

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  5. 4 lines.

    True beauty.

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