Thom Gunn

(29 August 1929 – 25 April 2004 / England)

Still Life


I shall not soon forget
The greyish-yellow skin
To which the face had set:
Lids tights: nothing of his,
No tremor from within,
Played on the surfaces.
He still found breath, and yet
It was an obscure knack.
I shall not soon forget
The angle of his head,
Arrested and reared back
On the crisp field of bed,
Back from what he could neither
Accept, as one opposed,
Nor, as a life-long breather,
Consentingly let go,
The tube his mouth enclosed
In an astonished O.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: life

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Still Life by Thom Gunn )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  2. Love, Sarah Flower Adams
  3. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  4. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  5. A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe
  6. Jiske Dhun Par Duniya Nache, Kumar Vishwas
  7. If, Rudyard Kipling
  8. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  9. Broken Dreams 'A Divorce Story', Craig Mize
  10. Ek se silsile hain sab hijr ki rut bata .., Pirzada Qasim

Poem of the Day

poet Sarah Flower Adams

O Love! thou makest all things even
In earth or heaven;
Finding thy way through prison-bars
Up to the stars;
Or, true to the Almighty plan,
That out of dust created man,
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. Stuff I Love, Emily Liang
  2. My Barber, Ima Ryma
  3. 28 December My Birthday, benaiah sondashi
  4. Who Are You?, Electric Lady
  5. Aunt Sally, hafiz qasim
  6. Autonecropolis, Leslie Philibert
  7. '' There's No Substitution '', bri mar
  8. Pessimist Vs. Optimist, Sujay Asukar
  9. In And Out Of Existence, Margaret Alice Second
  10. aChe HiLLy's Heal - oN thE hEELs oF eVeR.., sEaN nOrTh
[Hata Bildir]