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Is It For Now Or For Always
(9 August 1922 – 2 December 1985 / West Midlands / England)

Is It For Now Or For Always

Poem By Philip Larkin

Is it for now or for always,
The world hangs on a stalk?
Is it a trick or a trysting-place,
The woods we have found to walk?

Is it a mirage or miracle,
Your lips that lift at mine:
And the suns like a juggler's juggling-balls,
Are they a sham or a sign?

Shine out, my sudden angel,
Break fear with breast and brow,
I take you now and for always,
For always is always now.

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The most beautiful poem I have ever read. I'm absolutely sure of it.


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