Sunny Prestatyn

By Philip Larkin

Come To Sunny Prestatyn
Laughed the girl on the poster,
Kneeling up on the sand
In tautened white satin.
Behind her, a hunk of coast, a
Hotel with palms
Seemed to expand from her thighs and
Spread breast-lifting arms.

She was slapped up one day in March.
A couple of weeks, and her face
Was snaggle-toothed and boss-eyed;
Huge tits and a fissured crotch
Were scored well in, and the space
Between her legs held scrawls
That set her fairly astride
A tuberous cock and balls

Autographed Titch Thomas, while
Someone had used a knife
Or something to stab right through
The moustached lips of her smile.
She was too good for this life.
Very soon, a great transverse tear
Left only a hand and some blue.
Now Fight Cancer is there.

3 Replies to “Sunny Prestatyn”

  1. PL was great. I think he had a bit of a punk sensibility: disdain for polite society, and an obsession with conveying the plain, unadorned truth.

    1. That seems to be the common thread running through everything I enjoy, whether it’s punk, MAD magazine, Monty Python, Roald Dahl, Edward Gorey, Coen brothers movies …

      Pretty much anything subversive. My inner child is a 13-year-old smart-ass.

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