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HIGH WINDOWS

On 02/12/2011, the 26th. aniversary of the death of the poet; and exactly one year following the unveiling of the Larkin statue, The Philip Larkin Society unveiled five new roundels inscribed with extracts from his poetry. The roundels are set in the concourse of the Hull Paragon Station close to the Larkin statue and have been created by the statue's sculptor, Martin Jennings. The text on the roudel is the final verse of his poem "High Windows" which comes with a modest health warning! The complete text:

 

HIGH WINDOWS

 

When I see a couple of kids

And guess he's fucking her and she's

Taking pills or wearing a diaphragm,

I know this is paradise

 

Everyone old has dreamed of all their lives--

Bonds and gestures pushed to one side

Like an outdated combine harvester,

And everyone young going down the long slide

 

To happiness, endlessly. I wonder if

Anyone looked at me, forty years back,

And thought, That'll be the life;

No God any more, or sweating in the dark

 

About hell and that, or having to hide

What you think of the priest. He

And his lot will all go down the long slide

Like free bloody birds. And immediately

 

Rather than words comes the thought of high windows:

The sun-comprehending glass,

And beyond it, the deep blue air, that shows

Nothing, and is nowhere, and is endless.

 

Phillips Larkin 1922 - 1985

   

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Taken on December 2, 2011