poet Spike Milligan

Spike Milligan

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Unto Us...

Somewhere at some time
They committed themselves to me
And so, I was!
Small, but I WAS!
Tiny, in shape
Lusting to live
I hung in my pulsing cave.
Soon they knew of me
My mother --my father.
I had no say in my being
I lived on trust
And love
Tho' I couldn't think
Each part of me was saying
A silent 'Wait for me
I will bring you love!'
I was taken
Blind, naked, defenseless
By the hand of one
Whose good name
Was graven on a brass plate
in Wimpole Street,
and dropped on the sterile floor
of a foot operated plastic waste
bucket.
There was no Queens Counsel
To take my brief.
The cot I might have warmed
Stood in Harrod's shop window.
When my passing was told
My father smiled.
No grief filled my empty space.
My death was celebrated
With tickets to see Danny la Rue
Who was pretending to be a woman
Like my mother was.

Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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  • Terry CraddockTerry Craddock (9/30/2020 7:25:00 PM)

    So what emotive words and phrases does Spike use to narrate the brief life of the unborn fetus? 'Tiny, in shape to live I hung in my pulsing cave' is the fetus still in the womb; soon to be taken 'Blind, naked, defenseless' and killed by the doctor with the good name that 'graven on a brass plate in Wimpole Street'.

    The death of the baby is celebrated

    With tickets to see Danny la Rue
    Who was pretending to be a woman
    Like my mother was.'

    Powerful, emotive...

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  • Terry CraddockTerry Craddock (9/30/2020 7:24:00 PM)

    For me 'Unto Us...' by Spike Milligan is one of the greatest most powerful soul wrenching poems ever written. I have read all the comments believe and no one has addressed the topic or theme of this poem.

    It is about abortion, the unborn fetus is narrating a personal brief story from conception to death.

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  • Mortimer Mc Inerney (9/10/2019 10:11:00 AM)

    Thanks, David, for sharing

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  • Mark C (8/10/2019 7:22:00 AM)

    I had no idea about this poem, it is quite devastating.

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  • Shirley Birch (9/25/2018 8:58:00 AM)

    I have always loved this poem. My views on many things have changed over the years, but not on this, neither on the poem or the subject

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  • Mike Hall (5/26/2018 1:41:00 PM)

    I'm revisiting this poem on the day when Ireland has legalised abortion - so sad

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  • Gerard Byrne (11/23/2016 8:47:00 PM)

    See At Sunrise

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  • Gerard Byrne (11/23/2016 8:46:00 PM)

    See "At Sunrise" by Rosa Zagnoni Maranoni

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  • Terry Tate (11/7/2016 3:04:00 PM)

    I cried when i read this in 1973, i cried when spike died, i have read this again today and cried.
    The powerful message lives on long after spike milligan departed. Thats powerful

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  • Nicky Bans (11/13/2015 4:44:00 PM)

    Watching a programme just now on Spike Milligan and told my husband of this poem we did at school called Unto Us and how it stuck with me for over 40 years!

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  • Kat Else (9/12/2013 5:32:00 PM)

    Took me forty years to find this again, never forgot it

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  • Séamas Ó Súilleabháin (1/21/2010 5:12:00 PM)

    so provoking, each line had a profound effect on me.

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  • Eve O'farrell (8/13/2009 3:15:00 PM)

    I read this poem at school too many years ago and have been unable to find it until now.
    I love it and its so moving-

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  • Jenny Ferenczi (6/21/2009 5:13:00 PM)

    Totally brilliant. The man was a crazy genius.

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  • Libby A (4/25/2008 12:16:00 AM)

    We briefly looked at this poem in English a few weeks ago, and I love it. It's such an interesting and original poem. It's heartwrenching, but still amazing.

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  • Marie Peat (7/16/2007 3:32:00 PM)

    This is one of the poems i had to study in English at school, now, all these years later, reading it as a 32 year old mother of 3, i didn't even get to the end before the tears came. It's one of the saddest poems ever written, and by one of the funniest men too, who would have thought he could be so sensitive?

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  • Sarah Keatley (7/8/2007 3:10:00 PM)

    probably the most heart wrenching poem i have ever read.

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