Robert Graves

(1895 - 1985 / London / England)

The Cupboard - Poem by Robert Graves

Mother: What's in that cupboard, Mary?
Mary: Which cupboard, mother dear?
Mother: The cupboard of red mahogany
With handles shining clear.
Mary: That cupboard, dearest mother,
With shining crystal handles?
There's nought inside but rags and jags
And yellow tallow candles.
Mother: What's in that cupboard, Mary?
Mary: Which cupboard, mother mine?
Mother: That cupboard stands in your sunny chamber,
The silver corners shine.
Mary: There's nothing there inside, mother,
But wool and thread and flax,
And bits of faded silk and velvet
And candles of white wax.
Mother: What's in that cupboard, Mary?
And this time tell me true.
Mary: White clothes for an unborn baby, mother..
But what's the truth to you?


Comments about The Cupboard by Robert Graves

  • Rajnish Manga (7/24/2016 1:12:00 PM)


    Through these simple looking dialogues, the poet spins some mysticism in life and also tries to unfold the same in his own way. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 1, 2010



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