Philip Larkin – Skin


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Obedient daily dress
You cannot always keep
That unfakable young surface
You must learn your lines
Anger, amusement, sleep
Those few forbidding signs

Of the continuous coarse
Sand-laden wind, time
You must thicken, work loose
Into an old bag
Carrying a soiled name
Parch then; be roughened; sag

And pardon me, that
I Could find, when you were new
No brash festivity
To wear you at, such as
Clothes are entitled to
Till the fashion changes

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