This poem was read by the singer Sting at a gala poetry reading in New York City on April 21. Blackbird attended - lucky lady. The event was very fine - poems read by Meryl Streep, Matt Dillon, Gabriel Byrne, Alan Cumming, and others. My family has loved this poem for a long time. It explains a lot, don't you think?
This Be the Verse
They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you.
But they were fucked up in their turn
By fools in old-style hats and coats,
Who half the time were soppy-stern
And half at one another's throats.
Man hands on misery to man.
It deepens like a coastal shelf.
Get out as early as you can,
And don't have any kids yourself.
Now I must go deal with those I have fucked up.....