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Adrian Henri

(10 April 1932 - 20 December 2000 / Birkenhead, Cheshire)

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Without You


Without you every morning would feel like going back to work after a holiday,
Without you I couldn't stand the smell of the East Lancs Road,
Without you ghost ferries would cross the Mersey manned by skeleton crews,
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  • Rookie - 261 Points Stephen W (3/13/2014 6:14:00 PM)

    Agree it is absolute rubbish. Formula-written nonsense. You could compose additional lines yourself ad nauseam.
    'Without you the moon would just be a yellow circle' or somesuch dross. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,928 Points Valerie Dohren (3/13/2014 1:40:00 PM)

    I don't normally comment on Poem of the Day, but I have to say that this is absolute rubbish! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Phyllis T. Halle (3/13/2012 4:43:00 PM)

    The world is a poorer place now that Adrian Henri is gone to his maker. He was a poet who had found the Infinite Eternal Truth; to find someone who fills every nook and cranny of your world is what makes life worth living. I wish I had met him before he died! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie *Trusting You* (11/11/2008 6:23:00 PM)

    Without you they'd forget to change the weather
    thats a good line. I would have never thought of that.
    *Purkey Girl* (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Victoria Blisse (8/29/2007 1:11:00 PM)

    This is one of my favourite poems, it simply resonates in my soul. I love the touch of humour with the depth of despair and yearning coming through under that blase front.

    I feel this poem and that is the highest form of praise I am capable of bestowing. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Lidiya Zaharieva (7/25/2005 10:10:00 AM)

    its quite nice, however there are things he mentions that would stop without 'you' and i dont think this is the case... the most irritating line in the poem for me is:

    'Without you Mothers wouldn't let their children play out after tea'

    No they wouldnt because they dont know you, so it wouldnt be such a great lost for them....

    By far NOT my favourite..... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Nicolette Coleman (11/25/2004 8:03:00 AM)

    This has been my favourite poem since I first read it at the age of 18. I think it is very moving, giving a real feel for how he would feel if his love left him

    My favourite line is: Without you every street is one way the other way. (Report) Reply

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