I MUST REMEMBER NOW
by: Robert Nichols (1893-1944)
- MUST remember
now how once I woke
- To find the harsh lamplight stream upon her bed,
- The ceiling tremble in its giddy smoke,
- And on the wall the agile spider spread,
- To hear the reverberate vault of silence shake
- Beneath the hollow crash of midnight's toil,
- Whose profound strokes waned impotent to break
- The charnel stillness of the city's soul.
- These I remember, but would more forget
- What is most fixed, whereby I am undone,
- How white, how still you lay, though shuddering yet
- In the last luxury of oblivion,
- As if of Death you had taken love long denied,
- With on your face the bliss of suicide.
POEMS BY ROBERT NICHOLS
"I Must Remember Now"
is reprinted from Aurelia and Other Poems. Robert
Nichols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1920.