Roger McGough

(November 9 - 1937 / Liverpool / England)

Soil

Poem by Roger McGough

we've ignored eachother for a long time
and I'm strictly an indoor man
anytime to call would be the wrong time
I'll avoid you as long as I can

When I was a boy we were good friends
I made pies out of you when you were wet
And in childhood's remembered summer weather
We roughandtumbled together
We were very close

just you and me and the sun
the world a place for having fun
always so much to be done

But gradually I grew away from you
Of course you were still there
During my earliest sexcapades
When I roughandfumbled
Not very well after bedtime
But suddenly it was winter
And you seemed so cold and dirty
That I stayed indoors and acquired
A taste for girls and clean clothes

we found less and less to say
you were jealous so one day
I simply upped and moved away

I still called to see you on occasions
But we had little now in common
And my visits grew less frequent
Until finally
One coldbright April morning
A handful of you drummed
On my fathers waxworked coffin

at last it all made sense
there was no need for pretence
you said nothing in defence

And now recently
While travelling from town to town
Past where you live
I have become increasingly aware
Of you watching me out there.
Patient and unforgiving
Toying with the trees.

we've avoided eachother for a long time
and I'm strictly a city man
anytime to call would be the wrong time
I'll avoid you as long as I can


Comments about Soil by Roger McGough

  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (5/8/2020 2:41:00 PM)

    When I was a boy we were good friends
    I made pies out of you when you were wet
    And in childhood's remembered summer weather
    We roughandtumbled together
    We were very close.. Sweet memories. a fine poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (5/8/2020 9:51:00 AM)

    just you and me and the sun
    the world a place for having fun
    always so much to be done......much impressive lines with lofty theme. Beautiful poem. Thanks and congratulation for being chosen this poem as the modern poem of the POD.(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (5/8/2020 4:40:00 AM)

    But suddenly it was winter
    And you seemed so cold and dirty
    That I stayed indoors and acquired
    A taste for girls and clean clothes....life suddenly starts to seek the indoor path where the peaceful mind lives gradually but outdoor the aroma of soil calls to enjoy entirely.... great poem(Report)Reply

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  • Dominic WindramDominic Windram (5/8/2020 3:44:00 AM)

    A rather witty poem on the surface, so typical of Roger Mcgough, but with an underlying depth that addresses the vagaries of the human condition.I'm particularly impressed by the way it moves effortlessly from childhood to late adulthood. Seemingly, soil symbolises death and the passing of time.; which the poet will 'avoid'...' as long'as' he can.(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (5/8/2020 1:01:00 AM)

    anytime to call would be the wrong time
    I'll avoid you as long as I can.........................A very sad poem, no soil anymore? Because you have become a strictly city man? Congratulations on being chosen as The Modern Poem Of The Day. FRIDAY 6 May 2020. Reagrds, SFC the Netherlands(Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (5/29/2019 12:58:00 AM)

    great connection made by the poem with the soil -

    just you and me and the sun
    the world a place for having fun
    always so much to be done


    great writing(Report)Reply

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  • Prabir GayenPrabir Gayen (5/16/2019 9:07:00 AM)

    Very beautiful poem dear poet......../////////(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (5/16/2019 8:17:00 AM)

    A lovely trip down the memory lane to revisit childhood and hobbies nurtured then. Well deserved modern poem of the Day.(Report)Reply

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  • Julia Luber (5/16/2019 7:17:00 AM)

    haunting and hovering(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (5/16/2019 5:07:00 AM)

    we found less and less to say
    you were jealous so one day
    I simply upped and moved away a very good poem. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (5/16/2019 5:07:00 AM)

    I have become increasingly aware
    Of you watching me out there.
    Patient and unforgiving
    Toying with the trees............ very good poem.. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (5/16/2019 1:32:00 AM)

    a philosophy
    between human and soil(Report)Reply

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  • Aniruddha PathakAniruddha Pathak (5/16/2019 1:30:00 AM)

    A modern poem with a feel of an old, with a solid narrative,
    not a line that does not make sense,
    how unlike many we read today!(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (5/16/2019 12:46:00 AM)

    One of the best poems by Roger McGough.......(Report)Reply

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  • I_LOVE_POETRY (2/15/2019 7:01:00 AM)

    tHIS IS SO EPIC, THERE IS ONLY ONE THING i CAN SAY ABOUT IT; HUTS A NIFFAUW(Report)Reply

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  • PoetryOppaiSenpai (2/15/2019 7:00:00 AM)

    This is so relatable, I also talk to soil when I am high(Report)Reply

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  • Peter plant (2/11/2019 6:02:00 AM)

    I want to get in touch with the soil as soon as possible(Report)Reply

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  • Louie AriesLouie Aries (6/10/2018 11:19:00 PM)

    Wow..i feel like talking to soil as well..(Report)Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra ChakraSubhas Chandra Chakra (6/10/2018 2:33:00 PM)

    Loved tese lines
    One coldbright April morning
    A handful of you drummed
    On my fathers waxworked coffin
    Lovely poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Adrian FlettAdrian Flett (6/10/2018 5:37:00 AM)

    Deceptively light hearted approach to the deep view of life and its change and ultimate realisation of mortality.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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