Philip Larkin

The Large Cool Store

The large cool store selling cheap clothes Set out in simple sizes plainly (Knitwear, Summer Casuals, Hose, In Browns and greys, maroons and navy) Conjures the weekday world of those Who leave at dawn low terraced houses Timed for factory, yard and site. But past the heaps of shirts and trousers Spread the stands of Modes For Night: Machine-embroidered, thin as blouses, Lemon, sapphire, moss-green, rose Bri-Nylon Baby-Dolls and Shorties Flounce in clusters. To suppose They share that world, to think their sort is Matched by something in it, shows How separate and unearthly love is, Or women are, or what they do, Or in our young unreal wishes Seem to be: synthetic, new And natureless in ecstasies.

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