Stop all the Clocks

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 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.

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3 thoughts on “Stop all the Clocks

    1. I hate to burst your bubble, but I did not write this. This is a poem written by W.H. Auden in response to the death of his lover. I never meant to take credit for his work, I just came across it one day in class and it had stuck with me so much that I wanted to share it. I’m glad that you liked it though 🙂

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