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This Be The Verse By Philip Larkin  [message #69876] Sat, 04 July 2015 13:57 Go to previous message
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To my avatar's namesake.
Philip Larkin 1922 - 1985
This Be The Verse
By Philip Larkin
They f**k you up, your mum and dad.   
    They may not mean to, but they do.   
They fill you with the faults they had
    And add some extra, just for you.
But they were f**ked up in their turn
    By fools in old-style hats and coats,   
Who half the time were soppy-stern
    And half at one another's throats.
Man hands on misery to man.
    It deepens like a coastal shelf.
Get out as early as you can,
    And don't have any kids yourself.


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