Fillers Endpiece

Before birth

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7233.489/a (Published 19 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:489

I am not yet born; rehearse me

In the parts I must play and the cues I must take when

old men lecture me, bureaucrats hector me, mountains

frown at me, lovers laugh at me, the white

waves call me to folly and the desert calls

me to doom and the beggar refuses

my gift and my children curse me.

From “Prayer before birth” in Selected Poems by Louis MacNiece. London: Faber and Faber Limited,1988.

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