Thursday, January 22, 2009

Spin Cycle

Aaaccckkk...I'm taking the plunge. I'm hooking up to the Spin Cycle hosted by Sprite's Keeper. To read more poems (good, bad and ugly) click on her name.

Instead of giving you a Mama Dawg original (I wrote really bad poetry in high school) I'll instead give you my favorite poem in the entire world.

I actually hate poetry. I don't connect with it at all. Well, not traditional poetry, but I do like songs which are poetry but to music.

Anyway, I digress.

Here's my favorite.

"Funeral Blues" by W.H. Auden:

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,

Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,

Silence the pianos and with muffled drum

Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead

Scribbling on the sky the message He is Dead.

Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,

Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,

My working week and my Sunday rest,

My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;

I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,

Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun,

Pour away the ocean and sweep up the woods;

For nothing now can ever come to any good.

Yes, I know it's a poem about a lover.

However, if LOML were to ever die, I feel that a part of me would feel this way.

I would want to know why the world has not stopped turning. It should. It's only proper that the whole world grieves with me.

As a mother (or father), you know where I'm coming from.

I am not trying to make light of this. I know that there are those of you that read my blog that have lost a child. Whether in miscarriage, stillborn, a kid or an adult, the loss of a child is literally heartbreaking. No matter how it happened.

Like many, I was first introduced to this poem in the movie "Four Weddings and a Funeral" (one of my favs as well) when the character Matthew (played by the greatest actor ever, John Hannah) reads it at his lover's funeral.

It never fails to bring me to tears.

If you haven't seen this movie or this scene, I've got it below.



Mama Dawg

21 really cool people who give a rat's patootie:


ok... i do NOT need to be sobbing at 730 in the morning!!!!

i've never heard/read that poem. but i love it now.


Wow, that's quite a poem! I like it, and I would feel similar if I lost someone I loved so much.

Look at you spinning now.


Well, that was quite depressing for a sunny Thursday morning!

sassy stephanie

Wow, a man hater with such in depth love poetry.

Pseudonymous High School Teacher

Dead on. That is exactly how I would feel if I lost one of my family.


oy. this seriously tore at my heart and made it bleed. i never ever ever want to be alive if LOYL were to ever... not be here. for me, the world truly would be upside down and i just met you and your lovely daughter.

sometimes the world is so effing wrong it makes me want to hide in shame that i'm even a being still left here.

Sprite's Keeper

Wow, I have chills, and it's not due to the thermostat being set to frostbite in my office. (Seriously! What is wrong with my building?)
Beautiful poem, Mama Dawg, and I remember it from just that movie. John Hannah is a favorite of mine too, loved him in Sliding Doors.
You're linked, welcome to the Spin Cycle, and I hope you Spin again!

Mama Dawg

I ADORED him in Sliding Doors. I saw him in this movie first and then again in Sliding Doors. It's one of my favs EVER. Thanks for the welcome!

Mama Dawg

Lo-Thanks. You're so sweet. Hopefully come May you'll actually get to meet LOML!


A perfect description of true grief. Welcome to the Spin Cycle.

True Blue Texan

Great choice. And read in the best way ever by John Hannah with that oh so lovely Scottish accent.

Mama Dawg

Tell me about it. That accent drives me INSANE with lust.


I love poetry but have never heard of that one until Four Weddings.
That scene was such an unusual break of pace during a traditional comedy, it kind of knocked the wind out of me. What a great scene! SUCH a fantastic poem.
Thanks for posting.


That poem was beautiful. It made me happy and sad at the same time

Sarah's Blogtastic Adventures

That was lovely. I love Four Weddings as well!


That poem was fantastic with that accent!!! Great Spin!!!

Soldier without a War

i love this poem!!! i also had never heard it before. very cool. thank you for sharing. ;)

Captain Dumbass

Dammit, MD! You made me all misty. That was a great movie.


I first read this in college, and loved it in Four Weddings and a Funeral. I used it in my class (with the film clip) to introduce elegies in the fall.

Definitely one of my favorite elegies of all time!

Momo Fali

I'm glad I read this tonight, after my son's surgery went okay this morning!


I, also, had never read or heard this poem before. Watching the video, I agree that the accent makes it even better! I now know what I would say if I ever lost my beloved. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful poem!

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