A Poem by emipoemi

O what can ail thee, woeful child,

Alone and palely loitering?

Thy stare is blank, thy spirit mild,

Thou dost not dance or sing?


O why dost thou but sojourn here

So set apart from ev’ryone,

And frolic not about in cheer,

Partaking in the fun?


I know not one who walks about

In energetic gaiety.

And, seeing how they are, I doubt

They would be friends with me.


I’m new to all, like all to me,

I feel so insecure and daunted.

For often any who should be

Unknown would be unwanted.


And that is why I sojourn here

Alone and palely loitering,

And frolic not about in cheer,

Nor dance nor even sing.


Thou needst fear nothing, woeful child,

I would be pleased to be thy friend.

Our days shall e’er be bright and wild,

For friendships never end.


I’ll guide thee through thy moments here,

And, ere this trying day should end,

Thy plea would make the lot give ear,

And want to be thy friend.


Thus not to worry, woeful child,

Be not so palely loitering,

Arise and smile! Be blithe and wild!

Arise and dance and sing!


© 2017 emipoemi

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"O, what can ail thee, knight-at-arms,
Alone and palely loitering?
The sedge has wither’d from the lake,
And no birds sing. "
So reminiscent of Keats' "La Belle Dame sans Merci"- in form and language, but a new take on theme. Cleverly and meaningfully done. The lonely child finds the joy of an accepting friend. I Feel this may be a wish or actual occurrence in your life- very sweet,poignant and classically eloquent.

Posted 6 Months Ago


6 Months Ago

It's actually nothing short than a take on my favourite Keats poem (based on an observation and phil.. read more
The title is the clue to the voice of the friend here:
"Thou needst fear nothing, woeful child, I would be pleased to be thy friend."
Then the place of the alone state; for we are within ourselves. This is what we give in this world; ourselves.
"Thus not to worry, woeful child, Be not so palely loitering. arise and smile!"
Lovely old English poem!
Fun to read.

Posted 6 Months Ago


6 Months Ago

Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it.
AMAZING!!! I love it, it flowed perfectly. Your writing is pure talent I always enjoy reading it :)

Posted 8 Months Ago


8 Months Ago

Thank you so much! So glad you do :)
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Amazing tale told here! The rhyme scheme is really good and it flows well.
The fourth stanza stands out. Well written.

Posted 9 Months Ago


9 Months Ago

Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

9 Months Ago

No worries
This is fantastic and makes me think of Shakespeare!! :D

Posted 9 Months Ago

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Added on June 9, 2017
Last Updated on June 10, 2017
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