Just wanted to put this poem up, as it’s one which has always tugged at my heart. It’s perhaps a pity it ends quite so negatively, and leaves such sorrow in your mind, but on the other hand that summarises the complete sense of desolation and loss which runs through the poem. I think it’s an exquisite expression of bereavement of any form.
Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone
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 for ever: 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 wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.