Stevie Smith Mind Poems
- 1. Conviction (iii)
The shadow was so black,
I thought it was a cat,
But once in to it
I knew it
- 2. Pad, Pad
I always remember your beautiful flowers
And the beautiful kimono you wore
When you sat on the couch
With that tigerish crouch
- 3. The Reason
My life is vile
I hate it so
I'll wait awhile
And then I'll go.
- 4. Alone In The Woods
Alone in the woods I felt
The bitter hostility of the sky and the trees
Nature has taught her creatures to hate
Man that fusses and fumes
- 5. Was He Married?
Was he married, did he try
To support as he grew less fond of them
Wife and family?
- 6. Mother, Among The Dustbins
Mother, among the dustbins and the manure
I feel the measure of my humanity, an allure
As of the presence of God, I am sure
- 7. Pretty
Why is the word pretty so underrated?
In November the leaf is pretty when it falls.
The stream grows deep in the woods after rain.
And in the pretty pool the pike stalks.