Philip Larkin - This Is The First Thing

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Philip Larkin - This Is The First Thing - Read by Simon Armitage

This Is The First Thing
by Philip Larkin (1922-1985)

This is the first thing
I have understood:
Time is the echo of an axe
Within a wood.

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I don't read anything. Books or poetry (partly cos on the radio they always say "poyms" which makes me retune) . However, a friend gave me one of those books with smaller books inside, but its still only one book when you hold it, although there are more than one definitely, even though I only bothered to read 2 POEMS out of one of the several smaller books.
This one was like a straight right, bang on the chin. straight to the yarbles. I immediately drew a comparison in my mind, between the axe in the wood and the Grandfather Clock in the semi lit, earthen floored cottage, of my Grandparent's home in rural Herefordshire.
Does this mean I am a weirdo? Does time have a sound? Is everything that makes a noise, a record of time? or am I getting synaesthetic resonances? Probably better not read any more. Bye.
By Goodwinjohn2 December