‘Not Waving but Drowning’ by Stevie Smith (1957)

Nobody heard him, the dead man,
But still he lay moaning:
I was much further out than you thought
And not waving but drowning.

Poor chap, he always loved larking
And now he’s dead
It must have been too cold for him his heart gave way,
They said.

Oh, no no no, it was too cold always
(Still the dead one lay moaning)
I was much too far out all my life
And not waving but drowning.

Featured in ‘The Woman Photographer’, December 2010.


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A photograph is a trace of its subject. The viewer and the image belong to each other. Capturing these traces is a passion, an obsession for me. I hope the thrill comes through in my images.

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  • ShellyKay
    ShellyKayover 3 years ago

    gorge. as in gorgeous.

  • Richard Pitman
    Richard Pitmanover 3 years ago

    Perfect! The light on the sea is amazing! (Shame I didn’t get your text to grab this myself!)
    The poem’s a great accompaniment, as though spotlighting “the dead one… moaning.”

  • Matthew Pugh
    Matthew Pughover 3 years ago

    Lovely colours textures and tones josey! xx

  • snapitnc
    snapitncover 3 years ago

    superb work

  • NJCameraman
    NJCameramanover 3 years ago

    Josephine this is spectacular! Incredible light in the sky and on the water.

  • SPFisher
    SPFisherover 3 years ago

    this is just gorgeous!

  • Jen Waltmon
    Jen Waltmonover 3 years ago

    Wow, beautiful!!

  • vampvamp
    vampvampover 3 years ago

    awwww awesome!

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenover 3 years ago

    Brilliant capture Josephine!!!! :-)

  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieeover 3 years ago

    Merry Christmas:)
    Greeting from Bangkok, Splendid artwork; I love it:)
    My friends; which I have tight time but I feel happy to join, please accept my honour visit instead I reply anytime.
    Hugs someone you love today…life is too short as we know.

    Sincerely yours

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