Enter Without So Much as Knocking is a poem written by Bruce Dawe. It can be found in the compilation, Sometimes Gladness: Collected Poems 1954 - 1992.
The poem opens with the birth of the main character and the first sound he hears is the television. It is as if he is born when the television is turned on. When he dies his death is like a television being turned off, leaving silence.
Watching television, game shows, drive-in cinemas, and shopping are the activities of the people in this poem. The impression is of everything being new and shiny, modern, full of activity and crowded, until death. It is only the stars behind the drive-in movie screen that have not been tidied up yet, that are not part of the circus.
In death the main character in the poem is given the illusion of happiness. The morticians gives him back the smile he lost in life and in addition gives him a "healthy tan". Also in death he had no worries about money and no fears about disintegrating, or of having bad breath or his hair falling out, but he has no life and the show is over.
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