This be the first…

They f*ck you up, your mum and dad….

Philip Larkin – This be the Verse

An inspiration to misanthropists* everywhere, Philip Larkin was an absolute genius at articulating the feelings of neglected, angry and jaded people of all ages when he penned This Be The Verse in 1971. I consider it to be my mantra.

My mother took her own life 31 years ago when I was aged 5. She had lived with severe bipolar disorder for over a decade. I have tried all sorts of coping mechanisms to make sense of it –  denial, endless research on mental health to see if I show any bipolar traits and dark humour to name a few.   Continue reading “This be the first…”