Silk Scarf - Cracks and Wires

Silk Scarf - Cracks and Wires


The canvas for this silk satin scarf is peeling cracked black paint, over which lie a multitude of garden inhabitants - fresh green leaves, colourful daisies, embroidered butterflies. The decrepit and the exquisite combine to make the perfect setting for a strong poetic voice to ring out loud. 'Wires' by Philip Larkin, once again, becomes the voice of the  beautiful, the young and the conscious.

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Poetry by Philip Larkin 'Wires'

The widest prairies have electric fences,
For though old cattle know they must not stray
Young steers are always scenting purer water
Not here but anywhere. Beyond the wires

Leads them to blunder up against the wires
Whose muscle-shredding violence gives no quarter.
Young steers become old cattle from that day,
Electric limits to their widest senses.