Aldous Huxley

(1894-1963 / Godalming)

Social Amenities - Poem by Aldous Huxley

I am getting on well with this anecdote,
When suddenly I recall
The many times I have told it of old,
And all the worked-up phrases, and the dying fall
Of voice, well timed in the crisis, the note
Of mock-heroic ingeniously struck-
The whole thing sticks in my throat,
And my face all tingles and pricks with shame
For myself and my hearers.
These are the social pleasures, my God!
But I finish the story triumphantly all the same.


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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 3, 2014

Poem Edited: Monday, March 3, 2014


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