Years ago, I heard a poem, supposedly by Hughes Mearns, that was very dark and catchy. It goes like this:
Now, this little rune has found its way into many different places, including a Stephen King novel and the film Identity. Variations include the last line being changed to “I wish, I wish he’d (stay/go) away!” and “I wish that man would (stay/go) away.”
It’s always attributed to Hughes Mearns, and is both listed as “Antigonish,” or simply as from Mearns’ play, “The Psychoed.” Problem is, I can’t find any information on Mearns, The Psychoed, or where this poem was originally published. The only link I have is a book that may be written by the same person entitled “Creative Power: The Education of Youth in the Creative Arts.”
Is there more to this poem? Is it the same Hughes Mearns that wrote the youth book? Is “The Psychoed” a fiction? And, if so, where did this thing even come from?
Any help would, of course, be greatly appreciated.