Sunday, November 30, 2014

The man who wasn't there

I watched the movie "Identity" the other day (a pretty decent thriller, BTW) and couldn't get the poem the main character was reciting out of my head, so I looked it up (StartPage.com is my new friend after I got fed up from being tracked by Google). It turns out it was inspired by a picturesque place in Nova Scotia I went through this summer.

"Antigonish" is an 1899 poem by American educator and poet Hughes Mearns.

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...

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...