(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.
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!