Beautiful words

‘Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone’
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood;
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

W H Auden

Makes me cry every time I read it.


Hi @Juniper19

Thank you for sharing this poem - I always find the third stanza in particular so beautiful :blue_heart:

Giving your post a gentle bump in case anyone else would like to read or comment.

Take care,


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@Juniper19 Powerful stuff. I’ve never read that before. Sums up the pain of losing someone to a t. Thankyou for sharing it. Xx


Beautiful …. Explains so much …. Thank you xx

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