Marjory Nicholls, Collected Poems, comp. Niel Wright (Wellington: Original Books, 2009).
1My mind is like a wretched room,
2 So bare, so drear;
3Dull with a heavy, ugly gloom,
4 No light, no cheer.
5My thoughts are like the beetles black
6 That creep the floor,
7Scurry and hide in yawning crack
8 In wall and door.
9My feelings,--like the meagre light
10 My candles give,
11So faint, so fearful of the night,
12 It scarcely lives.
13My outlook through a dingy pane--
14 Distress and sin--
15Or if I turn around again
16 To look within--
17My room is but a sordid place--
18 The paper torn,
19Nothing of beauty there, nor grace,
20 All mean, forlorn.
Publication Start Year
The Spike (1912).
RPO poem Editors
Ian Lancashire; Cameron La Follette