Monday, November 17, 2008

SOTD: Vanille Fleurie de Tahiti

So we are unseasonbly warm weather, starting on Friday the tempertures have been in the upper 80's and today is likely to be no different, although I do look forward to Wednesday when the temperture is supposed to drop. This weather has of course left me wanting my spring and summer scents, so today I am going Vanille Fleurie de Tahiti, which I always seem to forget is a delicious vanilla.

As you can see in my goodreads widget I am currently reading The Complete Poems of Christina Rossetti, for the most part I must say the poems are very Victorian, but a few days ago I read a poem that is utterly ageless in its sentiment:

"No, thank you, John."

I never said I loved you, John:
Why will you teaze me day by day,
And wax a weariness to think upon
With always "do" and "pray"?

You know I never loved you, John;
No fault of mine made me your toast:
Why will you haunt me with a face as wan
As shows an hour-old ghost?

I dare say Meg or Moll would take
Pity upon you, if you'd ask:
And pray don't remain sing for my sake
Who can't perform that task.

I have no heart?-Perhaps I have not;
But then you're mad to take offence
That I don't give you what I have not got:
Use your own common sense.

Let bygones be bygones:
Don't call me false, who owed not to be true:
I'd rather answer "No" to fifty Johns
Than answer "Yes" to you.

Let's mar our pleasant days no more,
Song-birds of passage, days of youth:
Catch at today, forget the days before:
I'll wink at your untruth.

Let us strike hands as hearty friends;
No more, no less; and friendship's good:
Only don't keep in view ulterior ends,
And points not understood

In open treaty. Rise above
Quibbles and shuffling off and on:
Here's friendship for you if you like; but love,-
No, thank you, John.

And now for something completely hedonistic:
Time to Pretend by MGMT

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The Daily Connoisseur said...

I love that poem! I have never read any of Christina Rossetti's work... thanks for the introduction.

Jenavira13 said...

Welcome, her most famous poem is The Goblin Market which can be found here

ScentScelf said...

While you are having unseasonable warm, we have been gobsmacked with outright winter. A particularly difficult turn of events, given that last week was unseasonably mild...

Hence, I am focusing on smoky woody stuff. (Sometimes with vanilla involved.) And enjoying it. :)

Rose said...

I read a Rosetti at a great friends wedding- The Birthday. She chose it and when I heard I thought it might be strange at a wedding but it was much happier than her normal stuff, although still very Victorian and over the top. Still I admire her, a bit of a mould breaker.

Perfumeshrine said...

Oh Jena, bless you!
"No fault of mine made me your toast": LOL! I loved that line in what reads like a serious poem.
Hope you get some much craved for colder weather. We did, so why shouldn't you as well? ;-)

Jenavira13 said...

Scentscelf, the weather has gone back to being cool again which is exactly how i like it.

Rose, after your comment I went and read the birthday, it really is one of her happier poems.

Helg, the weather did turn for the better this week. Glad you enjoyed the poem; it is very unlike her usual stuff.