Tuesday, February 16, 2016

"Coming" by Philip Larkin

"Early Spring" by Alexei Savrasov (1830 - 1897)


On longer evenings,
Light, chill and yellow,
Bathes the serene
Foreheads of houses.
A thrush sings,
Laurel-surrounded
In the deep bare garden,
Its fresh-peeled voice
Astonishing the brickwork.
It will be spring soon,
It will be spring soon —
And I, whose childhood
Is a forgotten boredom,
Feel like a child
Who comes on a scene
Of adult reconciling,
And can understand nothing
But the unusual laughter,
And starts to be happy.


"Coming" by Philip Larkin from Collected Poems. © Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003.

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