Not Waving but Drowning – 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.

(1953)

4 thoughts on “Not Waving but Drowning – Stevie Smith

  1. admin Post author

    The link doesn’t work at all? Or you can’t hear the audio? (I actually haven’t tested the audio because I can’t stand real player – it’s possible it doesn’t actually work).

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