Roger McGough

(November 9 - 1937 / Liverpool / England)

The Sound Collector - Poem by Roger McGough

A stranger called this morning
Dressed all in black and grey
Put every sound into a bag
And carried them away

The whistling of the kettle
The turning of the lock
The purring of the kitten
The ticking of the clock

The popping of the toaster
The crunching of the flakes
When you spread the marmalade
The scraping noise it makes

The hissing of the frying pan
The ticking of the grill
The bubbling of the bathtub
As it starts to fill

The drumming of the raindrops
On the windowpane
When you do the washing-up
The gurgle of the drain

The crying of the baby
The squeaking of the chair
The swishing of the curtain
The creaking of the stair

A stranger called this morning
He didn't leave his name
Left us only silence
Life will never be the same


Comments about The Sound Collector by Roger McGough

  • Rajnish Mishra (2/20/2017 1:21:00 AM)

    like it
    Neat rhyming. It is one of those few poems in which I don't find the verse form strained and constrained by rhyming. (Report) Reply

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  • Rajnish Manga (6/30/2016 3:23:00 AM)


    Never had an idea about so many sounds coming together for presentation of a beautiful and a lovely ensemble. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Phil Soar (8/18/2015 7:20:00 AM)


    Loved this. What an excellent slant on everyday noise! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 18, 2015



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