Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone  

TomEboy10 60M
357 posts
10/20/2005 7:32 am

Last Read:
3/5/2006 9:27 pm

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone

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

This poem was quoted by Hugh Grant in Four Weddings and a Funeral at the funeral. What a powerful poem of love and loss!

digdug41 50M

10/20/2005 7:44 am

yeah tomE I agree with youvery powerful indeed

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caressmewell 55F

10/20/2005 7:54 am

John Hannah was the actor that read the poem in the movie. Can you tell that I have watched it too many times?

caressmewell 55F

10/20/2005 9:31 am

Oops, it a powerful and moving poem.

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