Stevie Smith

(20 September 1902 – 7 March 1971 / Kingston upon Hull)

Stevie Smith Poems

1. To The Tune Of The Coventry Carol 4/8/2010
2. The Face 4/8/2010
3. Tender Only To One 4/8/2010
4. Was He Married? 4/8/2010
5. The Airy Christ 4/8/2010
6. Thoughts About The Person From Porlock 4/8/2010
7. The Suburban Classes 4/8/2010
8. Exeat 1/13/2015
9. In My Dreams 4/8/2010
10. My Soul 4/8/2010
11. Do Not! 4/8/2010
12. Pad, Pad 1/3/2003
13. Conviction (Ii) 1/3/2003
14. Conviction (Iii) 1/3/2003
15. Conviction (Iv) 1/3/2003
16. Bag-Snatching In Dublin 1/3/2003
17. Conviction (I) 1/3/2003
18. Our Bog Is Dood 1/3/2003
19. My Heart Goes Out 1/3/2003
20. Freddy 1/3/2003
21. Pretty 4/7/2004
22. Away, Melancholy 1/3/2003
23. In The Night 1/3/2003
24. Deeply Morbid 1/3/2003
25. Sunt Leones 1/3/2003
26. Nor We Of Her To Him 1/3/2003
27. My Heart Was Full 1/3/2003
28. Infelice 1/3/2003
29. Tenuous And Precarious 1/3/2003
30. I Remember 1/3/2003
31. Mother, Among The Dustbins 1/3/2003
32. Drugs Made Pauline Vague 1/3/2003
33. The Reason 1/3/2003
34. Happiness 1/3/2003
35. Autumn 1/3/2003
36. Never Again 1/3/2003
37. The Pleasures Of Friendship 1/3/2003
38. The Jungle Husband 1/3/2003
39. I Do Not Speak 1/3/2003
40. Alone In The Woods 1/3/2003
Best Poem of 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.

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I Do Not Speak

I do not ask for mercy for understanding for peace
And in these heavy days I do not ask for release
I do not ask that suffering shall cease.

I do not pray to God to let me die
To give an ear attentive to my cry
To pause in his marching and not hurry by.

I do not ask for anything I do not speak

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