T. S. Eliot Mistah Kurtz — he dead. The Hollow Men A penny for the Old Guy I 1 We are the hollow men 2 We are the stuffed men 3 Leaning together 4 Headpiece filled with straw. Alas! 5 Our dried voices, when 6 We whisper together 7 Are quiet and meaningless 8 As wind in dry grass 9 Or rats’ feet over broken glass 10 In our dry cellar 11 Shape without form, shade without colour, 12 Paralysed force, gesture without motion; 13 Those who have crossed 14 With direct eyes, to death’s other Kingdom 15 Remember us — if at all — not as lost 16 Violent souls, but only 17 As the hollow men 18 The stuffed men. II 19 Eyes I dare not meet in dreams 20 In death’s dream kingdom 21 These do not appear: 22 There, the eyes are 23 Sunlight on a broken column 24 There, is a tree swinging 25 And voices are 26 In the wind’s singing 27 More distant and more solemn 28 Than a fading star. 29 Let me be no nearer 30 In death’s dream kingdom 31 Let me also wear 32 Such deliberate disguises 33 Rat’s coat, crowskin, crossed staves 34 In a field 35 Behaving as the wind behaves 36 No nearer — 37 Not that final meeting 38 In the twilight kingdom III 39 This is the dead land 40 This is cactus land 41 Here the stone images 42 Are raised, here they receive 43 The supplication of a dead man’s hand 44 Under the twinkle of a fading star. 45 Is it like this 46 In death’s other kingdom 47 Waking alone 48 At the hour when we are 49 Trembling with tenderness 50 Lips that would kiss 51 Form prayers to broken stone. IV 52 The eyes are not here 53 There are no eyes here 54 In this valley of dying stars 55 In this hollow valley 56 This broken jaw of our lost kingdoms 57 In this last of meeting places 58 We grope together 59 And avoid speech 60 Gathered on this beach of the tumid river 61 Sightless, unless 62 The eyes reappear 63 As the perpetual star 64 Multifoliate rose 65 Of death’s twilight kingdom 66 The hope only 67 Of empty men. V 68 Here we go round the prickly pear 69 Prickly pear prickly pear 70 Here we go round the prickly pear 71 At five o’clock in the morning. 72 Between the idea 73 And the reality 74 Between the motion 75 And the act 76 Falls the Shadow 77 For Thine is the Kingdom 78 Between the conception 79 And the creation 80 Between the emotion 81 And the response 82 Falls the Shadow 83 Life is very long 84 Between the desire 85 And the spasm 86 Between the potency 87 And the existence 88 Between the essence 89 And the descent 90 Falls the Shadow 91 For Thine is the Kingdom 92 For Thine is 93 Life is 94 For Thine is the 95 This is the way the world ends 96 This is the way the world ends 97 This is the way the world ends 98 Not with a bang but a whimper.