Bexhill-on-Sea

Nobody heard him, the dead man,
But still he lay moaning:

Bexhill Sailing Club, De la Warr Parade, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN40

I was much further out than you thought
And not waving but drowning.

De la Warr Pavillion, De la Warr Parade, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN40

Poor chap, he always loved larking
And now he’s dead

Bexhill Museum, Egerton Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN39

It must have been too cold for him his heart gave way,
They said.

Egerton Park, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN39

Oh, no no no, it was too cold always
(Still the dead one lay moaning)

De la Warr Parade, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN40

I was much too far out all my life
And not waving but drowning.

Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN39

From Stevie Smith’s Not Waving but Drowning (1957)

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