‘LOVE, WE MUST PART NOW’ -A POEM BY PHILIP LARKIN !

NPG P1675; Philip Larkin by Rollie McKenna

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“Love, We Must Part Now”

Love, we must part now: do not
let it be
Calamitious 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.

Philip Larkin.

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