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Peristalsis calls for roughage,
Haulms and fibres, husks and grit,
Nature's way to open bowels,
Maybe – let them practise it.
Oh, the twenties and the thirties were not otherwise designed
Than other times when blind men into ditches led the blind,
When the rich mouse ate the cheese and the poor mouse got the rind,
And man, the self-destroyer, was not lucid in his mind.
On a sofa upholstered in panther skin
Mona did researches in original sin.
Brzeska and Brooke were among those she knew
And she lived long enough to meet Lawrences, too,
D. H. and T. E. – she who'd known R. L. S.,
Talked to Hardy of Kim, and to Kipling of Tess!
The commonplace needs no defence,
Dullness is in the critic's eyes,
Without a licence life evolves
From some dim phase its own surprise;
Under these yellow-twinkling elms,
Behind these hedges trimly shorn,
As in a stable once, so here
It may be born, it may be born.
With first-rate sherry flowing into second-rate whores,
And third-rate conversation without one single pause.
The dead are non-living
the hungry are non-fed:
don't think because you're non-unconscious
that you're alive – you're non-dead.
A family portrait not too stale to record
Of a pleasant old buffer, nephew to a lord,
Who believed that the bank was mightier than the sword,
And that an umbrella might pacify barbarians abroad:
Just like an old liberal
Between the wars.
in snowy stillness
in marble wonder,
in formal myth,
believed as only
a poem can be,
of a holy spore
spreading the Word
When her guests were awash with champagne and with gin
She was recklessly sober, as sharp as a pin:
An abstemious man would reel at her look
As she rolled a bright eye and praised his last book.
Out of that bungled, unwise war
An alp of unforgiveness grew.
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The English language is nobody's special property. It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself.
December 10, 1903
September 21, 1973
William Charles Franklyn Plomer was a South African and British author, known as a novelist, poet and literary editor.
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