sábado, 2 de maio de 2015

Breadfruit

Mulher a segurar uma fruta (1893), Paul Gauguin


Boys dream of native girls who bring breadfruit,
          Whatever they are,
As bribes to teach them how to execute
Sixteen sexual positions on the sand;
This makes them join (the boys) the tennis club,
Jive at the Mecca, use deodorants, and
On Saturdays squire ex-schoolgirls to the pub
          By private car.

Such uncorrected visions end in church
          Or registrar:
A mortgaged semi — with a silver birch;
Nippers; the widowed mum; having to scheme
With money; illness; age. So absolute
Maturity falls, when old men sit and dream
Of naked native girls who bring breadfruit
          Whatever they are.
Philip Larkin










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