Stirring of Echoes

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Not Waving But Drowning

A chilling poem that immediately reminded me about the tsunami incident. It sounds morbid, I know but I'm just wondering why no one brought this up during that period...
Anyhow, the poem was written by an American poet, Stevie Smith.

Not Waving But Drowning

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.

Stevie Smith


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