Spotlight Poetry – The Sound Collector – A Poem by Roger McGough

The image depicts a painting titled Sounds of Time by the artist R. C. Anaider. The work is a vibrant semi-abstract surreal dreamlike painting.  It is painted in dominating tones of red, blue. and yellow The edges are painted in blue.The work is inspired  by time and memories, which appear as sounds related to the past, present and the future. The image supports the poem The sound Collector written by the poet Roger McGough.
© R. C. Anaider, Sounds of Time, 2021

The Sound Collector by Roger McGough

A stranger came this morning
Dressed all in black and grey

Put every sound into a bag
And carried them away

The whistling of the kettle
The turning of the lock

The purring of the kitten
The ticking of the clock

The popping of the toaster
The crunching of the flakes

When you spread the marmalade
The scraping noise it makes

The hissing of the frying-pan
The ticking of the grill

The bubbling of the bathtub
As it starts to fill

The drumming of the raindrops
On the window-pane

When you do the washing-up
The gurgle of the drain

The crying of the baby
The squeaking of the chair

The swishing of the curtain
The creaking of the stair

A stranger called this morning
He didn’t leave his name

Left us only silence
Life will never be the same.

Poem Attribution © Roger McGough, The Sound Collector

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