Friday, April 27, 2007

Poetry Friday -- More Larkin

Poetry Friday -- more Larkin


Another of my favourite Larkin poems ...

Love, We Must Part

Love, we must part now: do not let it be
Calamitous and bitter. In the past
There has been too much moonlight and self-pity:
Let us have done with it: for now at last
Never has sun more boldly paced the sky,
Never were hearts more eager to be free,
To kick down worlds, lash forests; you and I
No longer hold them; we are husks, that see
The grain going forward to a different use.

There is regret. Always, there is regret.
But it is better that our lives unloose,
As two tall ships, wind-mastered, wet with light,
Break from an estuary with their courses set,
And waving part, and waving drop from sight.

2 comments:

Profane said...

struck by Eros' dart
let no bitterness impart
hearts now grown apart

Another Damned Medievalist said...

Well done!