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Born Yesterday - Philip Larkin

This was one of the gems read on Radio 4's With Great Pleasure today, I love it, with a heart fit to burst.

Born Yesterday - Philip Larkin

Tightly-folded bud,
I have wished you something
None of the others would:
Not the usual stuff
About being beautiful,
Or running off a spring
Of innocence and love -
They will all wish you that,
And should it prove possible,
Well, you’re a lucky girl.

But if it shouldn’t, then
May you be ordinary;
Have, like other women,
An average of talents:
Not ugly, not good-looking,
Nothing uncustomary
To pull you off your balance,
That, unworkable itself,
Stops all the rest from working.
In fact, may you be dull -
If that is what a skilled,
Vigilant, flexible,
Unemphasised, enthralled
Catching of happiness is called.


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 23rd, 2010 08:40 pm (UTC)
thank you for postin the Larkin poem - was trying to find it for a friend who is having acute status anxiety and found it on your page. Also very much like motto!
Aug. 23rd, 2010 09:28 pm (UTC)
My pleasure
I hope your friend gets some comfort from it, I do, again and again.
Mar. 10th, 2011 11:58 am (UTC)
A dear, dear friend hand wrote the poem to be read at my daughter's 21st birthday.
What a remarkable gift!
To day I found her note and had to search the internet to see if she had it word for word correct.
She did!!
Mar. 15th, 2011 12:47 pm (UTC)
It is the perfect poem for a 21st Birthday, I hope your daughter enjoyed it :)
Sep. 18th, 2011 03:10 am (UTC)
Was trying to find this poem on the net and can't find it till I visited this page. Thanks! You helped a lot.
Sep. 18th, 2011 07:05 am (UTC)
I couldn't find it online when I searched for it either, so I wrote it out. I am glad it helped you.
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