Hmmmm! An
interesting verse was pointed out to me today, so I’ll plonk the whole
thing here. The poet is a guy called Philip Larkin, who seems to be
reasonably well known.

This Be The Verse
They fuck 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 fucked 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


One thought on “Parenthood

  1. Unknown

    hey! i have read this poem i did it for one of my a-level units before the holidays. have you read any more??? i have a book if you wanna read it. p.s. beans


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