I Do Not Speak Poem by Stevie Smith

Stevie Smith

Kingston upon Hull

I Do Not Speak

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I do not ask for mercy for understanding for peace
And in these heavy days I do not ask for release
I do not ask that suffering shall cease.

I do not pray to God to let me die
To give an ear attentive to my cry
To pause in his marching and not hurry by.

I do not ask for anything I do not speak
I do not question and I do not seek
I used to in the day when I was weak.

Now I am strong and lapped in sorrow
As in a coat of magic mail and borrow
From Time today and care not for tomorrow.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Mahtab Bangalee 24 February 2020

Now I am strong and lapped in sorrow As in a coat of magic mail and borrow From Time today and care not for tomorrow. // WOW how strong mind and brave heart writings for the every future stunt

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NorDareHope 06 April 2018

It's about acceptance through experience; going beyond a simplistic faith; understanding that the answer to the life question 'is that all there is? ', sadly, is 'yes'.

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Colleen Courtney 18 May 2014

I like this piece. It feels as if she's saying this is life, there's good days and bad days, no use crying and agonizing over what's not, tomorrow brings a new day and life trudges on!

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Miriama Turagabeci 26 May 2009

I love this poem, my interpretation is that even though we go through struggles in life there is a meaning to it.We have ups and downs in life to make us a stronger person, and that its all in our hands on how we handle things.To now live life to the fullest and not care for tomorrow because its tim will come. I LOVE this poem so much i even cramed it! !

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Stevie Smith

Kingston upon Hull
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