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Poem of the Day - Atlas, by U.A. Fanthorpe

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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




U.A. Fanthorpe was born in 1929. She was Head of English at Cheltenham Ladies' College, and then ‘became a middle-aged drop-out in order to write', publishing her first collection, Side Effects, in 1978. Her seven volumes of poetry are all published by Peterloo Poets, and her Selected Poems was published by Penguin in 1986. In 1994 she was the first woman to be nominated for the post of Professor of Poetry at Oxford. She was awarded the CBE in 2001 and the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 2003, when her Collected Poems (Peterloo) were published.

Oxford Brookes University - Weekly Poem for 19 Nov 2007


The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. Junius



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Stories Space Logo 0 likes 9 years ago
nice GM! I like the lack of artifice, self depreciation and understated view of love. I 'get' this maintenance love. Especially loved 'insulates my faulty wiring'.
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