You Were Wearing Blue

You Were Wearing Blue

the explosions are nearer this evening
the last train leaves for the south
at six tomorrow
the announcements will be in a different language

i chew the end of a match
the tips of my finger and thumb are sticky

i will wait at the station and you
will send a note, i
will read it
it will be raining

our shadows in the electric light

when i was eight they taught me real
writing
to join up the letters

listen you said i
preferred to look

at the sea everything stops there at strange angles

only the boats spoil it
making you focus further


from Collected Poems (Carcanet, 2003), copyright © Tom Raworth 2003, used by permission of the author

Recordings

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1Introduction

2You Were Wearing Blue

3Wedding Day

4The Others

5My Son The Haiku Writer

6Who Is Hannibal's Descendent, Leading His Elephants Against the Tanks?

7You've Ruined My Evening / You've Ruined My Life

8Inner Space

9The Sure Grip of a Cat's Paw

10Lion Lion

11Jungle Book

12King of the Snow

13Floral Luncheons and Service Dinners

14The Moon Upoon the Waters

15One Two Three

16Songs of the Depression

17Que Bonitos Ochos Tienes!

18Lunch is Ready

19Tentences

20That More Simple Natural Time Tone Distortion

21Shadows

22Nothing to the Power of Language

23Sleep, Perch

24The West

25English Opium

26In Memoriam L. Wittgenstein

27No Light No Tunnel

28Living Under the Divine Right of Sheriffs

29Human Warmth

30Nothing

31The Vein

32All Fours

33Name Unknown

34Intellectual Compost 3

35Meadow

36Differences in Common

37No Hard Feelings

38Follow the Food

39Affirmative =/= 2 x Negative

Books by Tom Raworth