Wednesday, 9 June 2010

in aunty mabel's nighty

This week on Spotify, I am mostly listening to Natalie Merchant's Leave Your Sleep. For whatever reason, this is the one I am enjoying most:

IT MAKES A CHANGE
Mervyn Peake (1911 – 1968)
There’s nothing makes a Greenland whale
Feel half so high and mighty
As sitting on a mantelpiece
In Aunty Mabel's nighty.

It makes a change from Freezing Seas,
(Of which a whale can tire),
To warm his weary tail at ease
Before an English fire.

For this delight he leaves the seas
(Unknown to Aunty Mabel),
Returning only when the dawn
Lights up the Breakfast Table.

It's a very good website.

(I listened to a lot of 10,000 Maniacs in my gap year. I still love Planned Obsolescence. No one else seems to. Stupid other people.)

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