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Saturday 11 December 2010

Carry On Tuesday # 83

Not Waving but Drowning

Stevie Smith

May I read it to you?

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 1902 - 1971