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Abandoned carriage house - Matthew Christopher's Abandoned America
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"Wants"
by Philip Larkin

Beyond all this, the wish to be alone:
However the sky grows dark with invitation cards
However we follow the printed directions of sex
However the family is photographed under the flagstaff -
Beyond all this, the wish to be alone.

Beneath it all, desire of oblivion runs:
Despite the artful tensions of the calendar,
The life insurance, the tabled fertility rites,
The costly aversion of the eyes from death -
Beneath it all, desire of oblivion runs.

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Photograph taken at abandoned carriage house, 2007 by Matthew Christopher of Abandoned America.


Also in: Ruins of American Homes