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Poem by William Ernest Henley


In Hospital. 3. Interior


      The gaunt brown walls
Look infinite in their decent meanness.
There is nothing of home in the noisy kettle,
      The fulsome fire.

      The atmosphere
Suggests the trail of a ghostly druggist.
Dressings and lint on the long, lean tableЧ
      Whom are they for?

      The patients yawn,
Or lie as in training for shroud and coffin.
A nurse in the corridor scolds and wrangles.
      ItТs grim and strange.

      Far footfalls clank.
The bad burn waits with his head unbandaged.
My neighbour chokes in the clutch of chloral . . .
      O, a gruesome world!



William Ernest Henley


William Ernest Henley's other poems:
  1. Echoes. 30. Kate-a-Whimsies, John-a-Dreams
  2. London Voluntaries. 4. Largo e Mesto
  3. In Hospital. 11. Clinical
  4. In Hospital. 9. Lady-Probationer
  5. In Hospital. 5. Operation


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