“Why do you weep?”

Why do you weep, fair maiden?
The sun dims when your smile flees,
And if I could I’d move the world
To bring some gladness to your heart.

I wrote this short bit of verse quite some time ago—at least four years ago now—and filed it away as a fragment; after repeated consideration of how I might continue or expand it, I finally had the thought that adding to it might not be an improvement, and decided to post it today.

As always, I earnestly welcome your comments, suggestions, questions, critique, or other feedback about this or any other part of my work. (In other words, if you liked this poem, or you didn’t like it, or it made you think of something, or … please leave a comment to let me know.) If you liked this, you can follow this blog, which includes one of my poems every Friday, or read other poems I’ve written here on my blog (starting with yesterday’s archive installment, since the full archive is by now, at well over a hundred poems, somewhat daunting); I’d especially like to know, as part of my preparations for a collection, which poems you think are my best. You may also share it with others, subject to my sharing policy.

This poem is also archived on my wiki.

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