Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Tuesday Poem: "This Be the Worst" by Adrian Mitchell

 (after hearing that some sweet innocent 
 thought that Philip Larkin must have written:
 'They tuck you up, your mum and dad')

They tuck you up, your mum and dad, 
They read you Peter Rabbit, too. 
They give you all the treats they had
And add some extra, just for you. 

They were tucked up when they were small, 
(Pink perfume, blue tobacco-smoke), 
By those whose kiss healed any fall, 
Whose laughter doubled any joke. 

Man hands on happiness to man, 
It deepens like a coastal shelf. 
So love your parents all you can
And have some cheerful kids yourself. 

     -- Adrian Mitchell

The wonderful and sadly missed Adrian Mitchell. For more on his life and career see:


and the poem that this poem references, Philip Larkin's "This Be The Verse", can be found here:


For more wonderful poems to enjoy on a Tuesday, or indeed any day of the week, visit the Blog Roll of excellent and invigorating and stimulating Tuesday Poets alongside the main hub poem.

Bon Appetit pour la poésie!


  1. "man hands on happiness to man". So true. Very touching poetry.

  2. Thanks for your comments, Jennifer and Ana Lisa. Jennifer, you don't watch that British TV comedy, "Miranda", do you? That's one of Miranda's Mum's catchphrases, "What fun!" Miranda's Mum is played by a well-known British actress whose name escapes me now.