William Empson

(1906-1984 / England)

William Empson Poems

1. It Is The Pain 2/9/2015
2. Just A Smack At Auden 1/3/2003
3. Homage To The British Museum 1/3/2003
4. Aubade 1/3/2003
5. This Last Pain 1/3/2003
6. The Teasers 1/3/2003
7. Villanelle 1/3/2003
8. Let It Go 1/3/2003
9. Missing Dates 1/3/2003

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Missing Dates

Slowly the poison the whole blood stream fills.
It is not the effort nor the failure tires.
The waste remains, the waste remains and kills.

It is not your system or clear sight that mills
Down small to the consequence a life requires;
Slowly the poison the whole blood stream fills.

They bled an old dog dry yet the exchange rills
Of young dog blood gave but a month's desires.
The waste remains, the waste remains and kills.

It is the Chinese tombs and the slag hills
Usurp the soil, and not the soil retires.
Slowly the poison the whole blood stream ...

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