Not waving but drowning by Stevie Smith is a poem about a man at the sea side who is really far out in the sea. Everyone on the sea shore thought he was waiving but he was actually calling for help as he was being sucked under the water by he current. I liked this poem because it gave a real sense of atmosphere. The reason everyone thought he was waving is he was the village clown. He was always fooling around and over the cause of time people got used to his jokes and pranks so when he was in real danger the people just thought he was being a fool. it is a bit like the story of the boy who cried wolf. He called for help so many times that when he was in real danger everyone thought he was fooling and he died.