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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Saturday, April 16, 2005

You know who to send this to!

Just another reason why Philip Larkin has beat Robert Frost for the position of my own personal favorite poet:

Next year we are to bring all the soldiers home For lack of money, and it is all right. Places they guarded, or kept orderly, Must guard themselves, and keep themselves orderly. We want the money for ourselves at home Instead of working. And this is all right. It's hard to say who wanted it to happen, But now it's been decided nobody minds. The places are a long way off, not here, Which is all right, and from what we hear The soldiers there only made trouble happen. Next year we shall be easier in our minds. Next year we shall be living in a country That brought its soldiers home for lack of money. The statues will be standing in the same Tree-muffled squares, and look nearly the same. Our children will not know it's a different country. All we can hope to leave them now is money.
Philip Larkin, Homage to a Government

1 Comments:

At 4/16/2005 01:02:00 PM, Blogger egyptiansally said...

while that middle stanza could use some work, i do like "the statues will be standing in the same/
tree-muffled squares, and look nearly the same."

 

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