April 21, 2018
Unfortunately Not Our Government

From the late, great Philip Larkin:


HOMAGE TO A GOVERNMENT
Next year we are to bring 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.

Itís hard to say who wanted it to happen,
But now itís 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 itís a different country
All we can hope to leave them now is money.

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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at April 21, 2018 02:35 PM
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