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

  • Robert Murray Smith (5/22/2018 8:56:00 PM)


    This is the first poem that I thought was worthwhile from this poet. Great write.+++10 (Report) Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (5/22/2018 6:05:00 PM)


    The whistling of the kettle has amazed mind with wonderful expression of this poem. The drumming of the raindrops has danced with beauty of and light of stars. This poem is very nicely and beautifully penned. Silence is definitely magical. (Report) Reply

  • Chandan Dey (5/22/2018 3:13:00 PM)


    This poem will certainly inspires us to search sound in silence. Thank you for sharing this poem with us.
    Chandan
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  • Muzahidul Reza (5/22/2018 2:05:00 PM)


    Put every sound into a bag
    And carried them away, very interesting by Roger McGough,
    i would like to share this bag, ha- ha- ha- ha-
    (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (5/22/2018 2:05:00 PM)


    Subtracting the little things certainly left a big hole. That title is perfection and this poem leaves me stunned at the impact of simplicity in the hands of a master poet. Awesome! (Report) Reply

  • (5/22/2018 1:54:00 PM)


    Amazing rhyme n rhythm (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (5/22/2018 11:48:00 AM)


    Left us only silence! !

    With the muse of a stranger.

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
    (Report) Reply

  • Rose Marie Juan-austin (5/22/2018 11:39:00 AM)


    A thought provoking poem beautifully crafted.
    Great rhyme.
    (Report) Reply

  • (5/22/2018 9:07:00 AM)


    A poem on sounds sounds soundless. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (5/22/2018 5:08:00 AM)


    My second visit here revives the magic of all those familiar sounds.
    Artistically compiled for a sound collector at the door in the morning. Thank you so much, Roger.
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  • Britte Ninad (5/22/2018 4:02:00 AM)


    stranger makes stunning-

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

  • Perdita Young (5/22/2018 3:57:00 AM)


    One of those great poems that leave echoes in many a heart... Collected to my favorite List. (Report) Reply

  • Jeannette Heywood (5/22/2018 3:28:00 AM)


    Thought provoking and poignant. (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (5/22/2018 3:16:00 AM)


    a poem with a warning to never open your door to strangers? ..............sounds good to me Roger! (Report) Reply

    Rajnish Manga (5/22/2018 5:03:00 AM)

    Nice friendly advice.

  • Ruta Mohapatra (5/22/2018 2:28:00 AM)


    The rhyming is enjoyable but towards the end there is a tinge of sadness! (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (5/22/2018 1:04:00 AM)


    Such an awesome poem by Roger McGough.... The sound has a timeless echo👍👍👍 (Report) Reply

  • (3/28/2018 11:31:00 PM)


    IT WAS GOOD ENOUGH! STILL CAN WORK ON SOME THINGS! yo mama outtttttttttttttt (Report) Reply

  • (3/10/2018 6:19:00 AM)


    I love this poem it is one of my favourite poems. I love the way they rhyme (Report) Reply

  • (1/30/2018 11:22:00 PM)


    This was the best story I ever read (Report) Reply

  • 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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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 18, 2015



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