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wrong but wromantic ([personal profile] sally_maria) wrote2016-10-06 08:48 pm
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National Poetry Day

I keep meaning to post about my small adventures at work, but in the meantime have a poem I first came across last year, and think is rather wonderful.


ATLAS

There is a kind of love called maintenance,
Which stores the WD40 and knows when to use it;

Which checks the insurance, and doesn’t forget
The milkman; which remembers to plant bulbs;

Which answers letters; which knows the way
The money goes, which deals with dentists

And Road Fund Tax and meeting trains,
And postcards to the lonely; which upholds

The permanently rickety elaborate
Structures of living; which is Atlas.

And maintenance is the sensible side of love,
Which knows what time and weather are doing
To my brickwork; insulates my faulty wiring;
Laughs at my dryrotten jokes; remembers
My need for gloss and grouting; which keeps
My suspect edifice upright in the air,
As Atlas did the sky.

by U.A. Fanthorpe
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[personal profile] white_hart 2016-10-06 08:05 pm (UTC)(link)
I really like this.
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[personal profile] sallymn 2016-10-08 08:51 am (UTC)(link)
That's rather lovely...

[identity profile] curiouswombat.livejournal.com 2016-10-06 09:38 pm (UTC)(link)
I really like that - and relate to it :)