Louis Macneice

(12 September 1907 – 3 September 1963 / Belfast)

Autobiography - Poem by Louis Macneice

My father made the walls resound,
He wore his collar the wrong way round.

When I was five the black dreamscame;
Nothing after was quite the same.

When I woke they did not care;
Nobody, nobody was there.

In my childhood trees were green
And there was plenty to be seen.

When my silent terror cried,
Nobody, nobody replied.

I got up; the chilly sun
Saw me walk away alone.

My mother wore a yellow dress;
Gentle, gently, gentleness.

The dark was talking to the dead;
The lamp was dark beside my bed.

Come back early or never come.
Come back early or never come.
Come back early or never come.
Come back early or never come.
Come back early or never come.
Come back early or never come.
Come back early or never come.
Come back early or never come.


Comments about Autobiography by Louis Macneice

  • Rookie Lauren Michaels (9/10/2006 1:40:00 PM)

    GAH how irritating. Can't fully appreciate this poem AT ALL like that. Someone Fix it. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Brid Mcginley (1/24/2006 6:05:00 PM)

    This poem is incorrectly transcribed. It is a powerful, sad poem, but need to be read as written! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Linda Preston (3/25/2005 7:13:00 AM)

    shades of theodore roethke with this poetry. I love it. Very chilling. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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