Full Text of "The Psychoed"

The following little poem has quite a little following.

As I was going up the stair
I met a man who wasn’t there.
He wasn’t there again today.
I wish, I wish he’d stay away.

It is credited to a fellow named Hughes Mearns, and I have seen reference to “The Psychoed” as a publication and as a play. I even found one other quatrain which is almost as interesting.

As I was sitting in my chair,
I knew the bottom wasn’t there,
Nor legs nor back, but I just sat,
Ignoring little things like that.

What I can’t find is any reference to the complete text. Not as a book, not as an online document, not as a part of a larger publication. Does anyone know the history of this cute little piece of doggerel? Thanks.

A little help maybe:




Dang, the guy invented Creative Writing. Whodathunkit?

Jack, your title appears to have gotten mangled, there. If you let Jill or me know what you wanted it to be, we can fix it for you. For future reference, if you use “double quotes” in a title, and submit from the “preview” page, the board software will eat everything after the quotes.