“And every life became a brilliant breaking of the bank”

ANNUS MIRABILIS
~ by Philip Larkin

Sexual intercourse began
In nineteen sixty-three
(Which was rather late for me) —
Between the end of the Chatterley ban
And the Beatles’ first LP.

Up till then there’d only been
A sort of bargaining,
A wrangle for the ring,
A shame that started at sixteen
And spread to everything.

Then all at once the quarrel sank.
Everyone felt the same,
And every life became
A brilliant breaking of the bank,
A quite unloseable game.

So life was never better than
In nineteen sixty-three
(Though just too late for me) —
Between the end of the Chatterley ban
And the Beatles’ first LP.

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Philip Larkin, a balding, horn-rimmed librarian and an “anti-social” loner, was in his early forties when the first fires of the sex revolution of the Sixties began to burn, and even he got in on some of the skirmishes.

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Author: MDM

Michael Dennis Mooney is a student of humor and witticism in verse. At this site he is compiling a selection of the best works using extended metaphor in poetry, with a special interest in satire, parody, and humor. Suggestions are welcome. Send your citations of favorites, by email, to mike.mooney.home@gmail.com He has a site "New Writings" at http://jcbcast.blogspot.com And a site for essays, 'His Epistles To The Philistines" at http://tothephilistines.wordpress.com

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