No Milk Today

No Milk Today

A Poem by John Alexander McFadyen

When she's gone.


No Milk Today

Broken bottles,

shattered on rock.

Shards of sharp, slivers

of glass

slide and slice across

my heart.

An empty box

where nothing

exists, nothing grows;

a barren wilderness

full of inert gases,

blank pages,

no words,

no breaths,

not even sighs.

And here I hang

in cold mists,

my naked body


without pulse,

as my lungs

struggle for air.



© 2017 John Alexander McFadyen

Author's Note

John Alexander McFadyen
The lyrics refer to the practice (common at the time) of milkmen delivering fresh milk to residential houses each morning; the love interest of the song's protagonist has just moved out, so the household needs less milk and the notice in front of his house instructing the milkman not to leave the usual bottle of milk today, while seeming mundane to passers-by ("how could they know just what this message means?") symbolizes the breakup to the singer himself ("the end of all my dreams").[3] Gouldman wrote this song initially for The Hollies, after he saw a "no milk today" notice outside a friend's house one day, and his father observed that this could have various reasons. (

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great song john,,sounds like a hit

Posted 12 Months Ago

John Alexander McFadyen

12 Months Ago

Ha ha, a tad late perhaps. All our milkmen have gone. Thanks Ron.

12 Months Ago

i know,is it really progress,, ? seems things were quieter and a slower progress ,more hands on i gu.. read more
John Alexander McFadyen

12 Months Ago

No milkmen/milkwomen were a real cultural statement so personally I rue their passing even if it is .. read more
I hear this song on the local radio all the time (retro station). I'm sure the milk daily bottle situation were as smoke signals to other cultures. The blinds (open/closed at certain times of day was another)

I like how you interpreted the song John - very creative mate.

Posted 12 Months Ago

John Alexander McFadyen

12 Months Ago

I remember it well lol!
You are most generous sir, many thank yous.
Tony Jordan

12 Months Ago

Watched 'On The Buses' movie. Old Stan the driver had a novel way of getting it on with a married wo.. read more

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Added on September 25, 2017
Last Updated on September 25, 2017


John Alexander McFadyen
John Alexander McFadyen

Brixworth, England, United Kingdom

Well, have a long and complicated story and started it as an autobiography on Bebo but got writer's block/memory fogging. People liked it though and kept asking for the next chapter! fools.. more..


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