Have you been watching the BBC drama ‘The Trial of Christine Keeler”? What do you think of it?

For me it’s a little bit slow and… well, 6 episodes? mmmhhh… could have been edited to 4, me thinks. Aside from that I absolutely LOVE the setting and clothes… and the hair and make up… the attention to details is superb.

In the episode we watched last night Dr Ward (played really well by James Norton, rumoured to be in the running as the next James Bond… ), kept repeating a poem by Hughes Mearns (I later found out), and I found it really daunting and sad…

See what you think:


Yesterday, upon the stair,
I met a man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
I wish, I wish he’d go away…

When I came home last night at three
The man was waiting there for me
But when I looked around the hall
I couldn’t see him there at all!
Go away, go away, don’t you come back any more!
Go away, go away, and please don’t slam the door… (slam!)

Last night I saw upon the stair
A little man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
Oh, how I wish he’d go away..

One thought on “^^17/2020^^ poetry Monday

  1. Helen Grillas says:

    i find this and most of Mearn’s poems incredibly deep, despite being written almost riddle like.. At first one would assume he’s describing a “supernatural” phenomena..
    I see it as a reflection of “himself”.. A side that is kept suppressed, perhaps due to social restraints?.. A side that reflects darker aspects (anger/hate?)…Or perhaps even “another personality” (schizophrenic?)…
    A few of Mearn’s poems suggest an element of self questioning and place in society…

    The simplicity of words and format allow for various interpretations; but I believe it’s a way of making his writings accessible to all sorts of people..
    The simplicity and broad meaning of his choice of words also allows us to analyse any meaning in a way unique and relevant to ourselves. Quite clever writing, I think.
    But I highly doubt a professor of Education, writing this piece during “Victorian” period would be writing “advertising jingles”.. In my opinion, he was throwing out lessons to us, so we could question”who we are”.. And let’s not overlook that this was a piece written for a play, “The Psycho-Ed”…. (more food for thought?)

    This poem by Mearn’s, I find also reflects on “questioning of one’s self” :

    As I was falling down the stair
    I met a bump that wasn’t there;
    It might have put me on the shelf
    Except I wasn’t there myself

    Thanks for giving the opportunity to “ponder” for a while with this post.. 🙂

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