Treasure Island

Valerie Dohren

(13 January 1947 / Southport)

A Maiden's Plea


O gentle as you please, my love,
I am yet still a maiden
And ‘though I yearn to know your will
My heart is heavy laden

For if I choose to lay with you
I deem that we should marry
As you would be the father of
The child that I may carry

I will not live a life of fear
Insulted and derided
And labelled as a worthless whore
Forevermore chastis’ed

So if you will not marry me
By you I’ll not be bedded
A maiden I shall stay, my love,
Until the day I’m wedded

Submitted: Monday, May 13, 2013
Edited: Friday, September 13, 2013

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An old-fashioned ditty....

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  • Soumita Sarkar (6/15/2013 1:01:00 AM)

    so nice a will dedicated to a maiden...........chastity must be upheld.............keep writing! (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Patrick (6/13/2013 8:59:00 PM)

    Magnificent ode, not so much old fashioned as well groomed with etiquette which in todays age of show and tell is not a bad thing to have. This shows a pride that many a young women should take care to see. Your language Is rich and reminiscent of classics. A Fine maiden who shines a beacon of temperance and love. Cool read (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Feldman (5/21/2013 11:07:00 PM)

    Well, bravo, somebody STILL has some Morals. Aside being a wonderful Poet, I always knew you were a Lady.
    Lovely, warm blooded poem, really liked, thank you, S (Report) Reply

  • Danny Draper (5/20/2013 8:24:00 AM)

    An old fashioned ditty, but great structure and rhymes. Sentiments definitely predate the sexual revolution. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (5/17/2013 1:34:00 AM)

    Old fashioned in the eyes of the new generation! But it fathoms deep into the root of the sacred values of life and upholds the sanctity of marriage! I love this poem and give you a 10 (Report) Reply

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (5/16/2013 10:26:00 AM)

    full of wisdom all forbidden things are racing all round the thing earlier were not permitted now a days society accept well writ (Report) Reply

  • Www.poemhunter.com/m-d-dinesh-nair-2 Search 2 (5/15/2013 7:47:00 PM)

    These words confirm the maiden`s most striking credibility as a lady in waiting. Marriage is the true union of minds and I think in the West too more of you ought to get married like we the Indians do.
    Hope this maiden will find her true life partner soon. (Report) Reply

  • Karen Sinclair (5/15/2013 11:37:00 AM)

    my how things have changed.... this may be read so many ways...nostalgia and maybe dry humour primarily...tyvm syn (Report) Reply

  • Dave Walker (5/14/2013 1:59:00 PM)

    A great poem, less and less people marry these days.
    Maybe we should go back to how it used to be. (Report) Reply

  • Yasmeen Khan (5/14/2013 11:25:00 AM)

    This is deep wish in the heart of all maidens...this is what they are created for, I believe. So thumbs up for giving voice to purest feelings. (Report) Reply

  • Ken E Hall (5/14/2013 7:30:00 AM)

    The only way to travel in life with this old fashioned ditty singing out the maidens plea written so easy to read, clever to boot...regards (Report) Reply

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