Robert Graves

(1895 - 1985 / London / England)

The Lady Visitor In The Pauper Ward

Poem by Robert Graves

Why do you break upon this old, cool peace,
This painted peace of ours,
With harsh dress hissing like a flock of geese,
With garish flowers?
Why do you churn smooth waters rough again,
Selfish old skin-and-bone?
Leave us to quiet dreaming and slow pain,
Leave us alone.


Comments about The Lady Visitor In The Pauper Ward by Robert Graves

  • Michael WalkerMichael Walker (12/19/2019 7:51:00 PM)

    The lady is not welcome in the poorhouse. The men were in peace until she arrived
    'With harsh dress...With garish flowers? ' The paupers want to be left 'to quiet dreaming
    and slow pain'. From my visits to similar rest homes, there is a lot of pain to be seen and sensed.
    They can be depressing places, not where I want to be. Graves is better writing shorter poems, than his too-long ones. The criticism applies to many other poets.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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