Was He Married? Poem by Stevie Smith

Was He Married?

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Was he married, did he try
To support as he grew less fond of them
Wife and family?

No,
He never suffered such a blow.

Did he feel pointless, feeble and distrait,
Unwanted by everyone and in the way?

From his cradle he was purposeful,
His bent strong and his mind full.

Did he love people very much
Yet find them die one day?

He did not love in the human way.

Did he ask how long it would go on,
Wonder if Death could be counted on for an end?

He did not feel like this,
He had a future of bliss.

Did he never feel strong
Pain for being wrong?

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Colleen Courtney 18 May 2014

A poem of the unfaithful? Not one of my favorites by the poet.

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Mahtab Bangalee 24 February 2020

Michael Walker is right- this is a dialogue poem and yes on the theme of Jesus blessing- He had a future of bliss///

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Michael Walker 24 February 2020

A dialogue poem, which raises questions about Jesus. It does not present him in a favorable light. He did not have to worry about supporting a wife and family and cope with the weakening of their affection. He did not feel 'pointless, feeble, and distrait/ Unwanted by everyone and in the way'. (implied answer to the question) . He loved people but not in the human way.Jesus was in a different, surer state than ordinary men. The questions raised would not be easy to answer.

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Mahtab Bangalee 24 February 2020

beautiful comment; //////////

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Kingsley Egbukole 24 February 2020

Beautiful and interesting poem.

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Edward Kofi Louis 24 February 2020

" Pain for being wrong" ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Dr Antony Theodore 02 May 2019

He did not feel like this, He had a future of bliss. Did he never feel strong Pain for being wrong? a fine poem.......... thank u dear poetess. tony

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