Saturday, April 7, 2012


I've missed a couple days of poetry posting. I'm having a mostly offline weekend, but I'm here briefly to share this poem, chosen for no other reason than it leaped out at me today.

Not Waving but Drowning
by Stevie Smith

Nobody heard him, the dead man,
But still he lay moaning:
I was much further out than you thought
And not waving but drowning.

Poor chap, he always loved larking
And now he's dead
It must have been too cold for him his heart gave way,
They said.

Oh, no no no, it was too cold always
(Still the dead one lay moaning)
I was much too far out all my life
And not waving but drowning.

From Collected Poems of Stevie Smith by Stevie Smith, published by New Directions Publishing Corp. Copyright © 1972 by Stevie Smith.

1 comment:

Jill said...

Love that poem, wow - thanks for sharing it!