Given the subject of my last post, it was inevitable that I’d have to quote Phillip Larkin. Sorry:
(1)“They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
They may not mean to but they do
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extras just for you.
But they were fucked up in their turn
By fools in old-style hats and coats
Who half the time were soppy-stern
And half at one another’s throats
Man hands on misery to man
It deepens like a coastal shelf.
Get out as early as you can
And don’t have any kids yourself.”
I wrote this entirely from memory. I hope it’s correct.