A Tragedy by Theophile Marzials
The barges down in the river flop.
From the slimy branches the grey drips drop…
To the oozy waters, that lounge and flop…
And my head shrieks – “Stop”
And my heart shrieks – “Die.”…
Ugh! yet I knew – I knew
If a woman is false can a friend by true?
It was only a lie from beginning to end–
My Devil – My “friend.”…
So what do I care,
And my head is empty as air –
I can do,
I can dare
The barges flop
I can dare, I can dare!
And let myself all run away with my head
which apparently is the worst poem ever written in English.
I wrote some adolescent dirges which could challenge this – including the iconic Pause for thought, a blank page with the letters “ah” carefully positioned in its centre – submitted as assessed work in a CSYS English class.
Any other contenders for the worst poem ever written in English (and you can write them now if you like) gratefully received.