“I listen to money singing… It is intensely sad.”

  “Money”, by  Philip Larkin 

Quarterly, is it, money reproaches me:
‘Why do you let me lie here wastefully?
I am all you never had of goods and sex.
You could get them still by writing a few cheques.’

So I look at others, what they do with theirs:
They certainly don’t keep it upstairs.
By now they’ve a second house and car and wife:
Clearly money has something to do with life

—In fact, they’ve a lot in common, if you enquire:
You can’t put off being young until you retire,
And however you bank your screw, the money you save
Won’t in the end buy you more than a shave.

I listen to money singing. It’s like looking down
From long french windows at a provincial town,
The slums, the canal, the churches ornate and mad
In the evening sun. It is intensely sad.

——-
The “shave” in the 3rd stanza is the final shave that an undertaker gives a corpse (O.K.)

money-singing

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One Response to “I listen to money singing… It is intensely sad.”

  1. Boštjan says:

    Srečko Kosovel, Slovenian poet.

    Kons. 5

    Gnoj je zlato
    in zlato je gnoj.
    Oboje = 0
    0 = ∞
    ∞ = 0
    A B <
    1, 2, 3.
    Kdor nima duše
    ne potrebuje zlata.
    Kdor ima dušo
    ne potrebuje gnoja.
    I, A.

    And translation:
    Kons. 5

    Dung is gold
    and gold is dung.
    Both = 0
    0 = ∞
    ∞ = 0
    AB<
    1, 2, 3.
    Whoever has no soul
    doesn’t need gold.
    Whoever has a soul
    doesn’t need dung.
    EE-AW

    http://blog.bestamericanpoetry.com/the_best_american_poetry/2010/07/adventures-in-reading-in-translation-sre%C4%8Dko-kosovel-by-brian-henry.html

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