Members Who Read Most Number Of Poems

Live Scores

Click here to see the rest of the list

(30 October 1885 – 1 November 1972 / Hailey / Idaho)

What do you think this poem is about?

For Example: love, art, fashion, friendship and etc.

Alf’s Fifth Bit

The pomps of butchery, financial power,
Told 'em to die in war, and then to save,
Then cut their saving to the half or lower;
When will this system lie down in its grave?

The pomps of Fleet St., festering year on year,
Hid truth and lied, and lied and hid the facts.
The pimps of Whitehall ever more in fear,
Hid health statistics, dodged the Labour Acts.

All drew their pay, and as the pay grew less,
The money rotten and more rotten yet,
Hid more statistics, more feared to confess
C.3, C.4, 'twere better to forget

How many weak of mind, how much tuberculosis
Filled the back alleys and the back to back houses.
'The medical report this week discloses . . .'
'Time for that question!' Front Bench interposes.

Time for that question? and the time is NOW.
Who ate the profits, and who locked 'em in
The unsafe safe, wherein all rots, and no man can say how
What was the nation's, now by Norman's kin
Is one day blown up large, the next, ducked in?

Submitted: Thursday, April 01, 2010


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 (Alf’s Ninth Bit by Ezra Pound )

Enter the verification code :

  • * Sunprincess * (3/14/2014 8:00:00 PM)

    The pomps of butchery, financial power,
    Told 'em to die in war, and then to save,
    Then cut their saving to the half or lower;
    When will this system lie down in its grave?

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
Read all 1 comments »

People who read Ezra Pound also read

Top 500 Poems

[Hata Bildir]