Ellis Parker Butler

(5 December 1869 - 13 September 1937 / Muscatine / Iowa / United States)

An Exception


In all romances, old and new,
And in all lover's rhymes
I find one rule that has held true
Since prehistoric times.

The lover must, if he indeed
Be hit by Cupid's dart,
Grow pale, sigh much, neglect his food,
And wholly lose his heart.

Now fain would I abide this rule
But I, forsooth, grow red
And hot, and stammer like a fool,
And only lose my head.

Submitted: Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (An Exception by Ellis Parker Butler )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  9. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. With A Rakhi To Tie The Small Behana Wai.., Bijay Kant Dubey
  2. Persimmon Poem, Kyle Schlicher
  3. The read., Meena Somasundaram
  4. Time is Time, Juliet Languedoc
  5. The Garbage Is Collected On Thursday, Kyle Schlicher
  6. Are The Girls For To Be Sold & Bought?, Bijay Kant Dubey
  7. I Was Thirteen, Kyle Schlicher
  8. A strong strife!, PARTHA SARATHI PAUL
  9. I.H.Rizvi As A Romantic Indian English P.., Bijay Kant Dubey
  10. Life In A Beer Commercial, Kyle Schlicher

Poem of the Day

poet Robert Herrick

Here we are all, by day; by night we're hurl'd
By dreams, each one into a several world.... Read complete »

   
[Hata Bildir]