Monday, July 31, 2006

This Be The Verse

by Philip Larkin

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.

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14 Comments:

At 1:53 PM, Blogger sloth said...

In preparation for a sloth family jamboree this weekend. This and a fine blend of sedatives.

 
At 3:16 PM, Anonymous pd said...

Oh Slothers, what kind of meds would you like? I am running low on oxy, but will spare a few. PL certainly gets it right here. Do you think Seinfeld got "Man hands" from him?

 
At 3:23 PM, Blogger sloth said...

Noodle, PD. Which begs the question: is Man Handling akin to Glad Handling?

 
At 3:23 PM, Blogger fairy butler said...

why is the fuck up inevitable and complicated with the folks? maybe it's not. I dunno. arthur is pretty ok with his somehow. they are tiring but ?

 
At 3:24 PM, Blogger fairy butler said...

(I am speaking of the complicato-fuck-up ness of me and my brood, of course.)

 
At 3:34 PM, Blogger sloth said...

Not inevitable, FB, but likely. The elder sloths are rapidly regressing, and also shrinking. We are almost fully role-reversed at this point. I love them but. There is a lot of gritting of teeth involved with any visit. Serenity now!

 
At 3:46 PM, Anonymous slathers said...

I am being very very bad today. It is dead here at beige, & I should be working on my syllabi. Instead I am dinking around on the interwebs. Did not sleep well last night due to hot weather, annoying sickness-wind of air conditioner blowing on me all night etc.

Monday. Ecccch.

 
At 3:49 PM, Anonymous pd said...

Serenity now! Yes, that is what I say in Philthy all day long. OR I say something like "I'm gonna jump out this window" (I use my inside voice)

 
At 3:51 PM, Anonymous fb said...

cannot concentrate today. say no to thinking. i just want to fight someone really.

 
At 4:05 PM, Blogger fairy butler said...

sloth, perhaps you can hire a sloth look-a-like for the jamboree? craigslist again.

 
At 4:17 PM, Blogger sloth said...

I'm going to wear my robot suit, FB. I will post about this momentarily.

 
At 4:18 PM, Blogger sloth said...

FB, I will fight you but only if I can wear the suit.

 
At 4:18 PM, Blogger sloth said...

On account of you are bigger'n me.

 
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