Some Larkin…

Schoolmaster

He sighed with relief. He had got the job. He was safe.

Putting on his gown, he prepared for the long years to come

That he saw, stretching like aisles of stone

Before him. He prepared for the unreal life

Of exercises, marks, honour, speech days, and games,

And the interesting and pretty animals that inspired it all

And made him a god. No, he would never fail.

 

Others, of course, had spoken of the claims

Of living: they were merely desperate.

His defense of Youth and Service silenced it.

 

It was acted as he planned: grown old and favourite,

With most Old Boys he was quite intimate –

For though he never realised it, he

Dissolved. (Like sugar in a cup of tea.)

 

–Philip Larkin

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s