iris_arctic (iris_arctic) wrote,
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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.

Посмотрела полторы серии Queen's Gambit и там Стиви Смит. Стихотворение это, в голове крутится, а вспомнить не могу. Вот, лезем, читаем, вспоминаем.

WIKI: The narrative takes place from a third-person perspective and describes the circumstances surrounding the "dead man" described in line one. In line five the poem suggests that the man who has died "always loved larking," which causes his distress signals to be discounted.

The image that Smith attached to the poem shows the form of a girl from the waist up with her wet hair hanging over her face. Although the image goes with a poem about a man drowning, the girl's expression appears incongruous with the text of the poem as it forms what Smith scholar Laura Severin describes as a "mysterious smile".

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