• Kevin Keck

Better Than Mine #1: Philip Larkin "Talking in Bed"



Talking in Bed


Talking in bed ought to be easiest

Lying together there goes back so far

An emblem of two people being honest.


Yet more and more time passes silently.

Outside the wind's incomplete unrest

builds and disperses clouds about the sky.


And dark towns heap up on the horizon.

None of this cares for us. Nothing shows why

At this unique distance from isolation


It becomes still more difficult to find

Words at once true and kind

Or not untrue and not unkind.


- Philip Larkin, from The Whitsun Weddings



If you'd like an excellent & brief exposition of "Talking in Bed" I recommend this essay from The Philip Larkin Society.


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