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Jay Currie

One Damn Thing After Another

7/07/2004

Mum and Dad

This Be The Verse

They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you.

But they were fucked up in their turn
By fools in old-style hats and coats,
Who half the time were soppy-stern
And half at one another's throats.

Man hands on misery to man.
It deepens like a coastal shelf.
Get out as early as you can,
And don't have any kids yourself.

Philip Larkin
Reading the Monger's account of the 13 year reign of terror two parents inflicted on their children I could not help but quote Larkin's poem which was written in a gentler time.

The Monger goes on to say,
Before I went into medicine, I was very close to choosing law instead. I wrote the law school entrance exam, applied to law school, and was accepted. Thank goodness I changed my mind. At least in medicine, we don't have to rely so much on the opinions of other people. We can be right, or wrong, and there is usually a way to prove it one way or the other. In law, it looks to me like we're all utterly at the mercy of whatever stupid theory is popular in legal circles, or fashionable on Parliament Hill. The monkeys are running the zoo.
the monger
The temptation to suggest that a sentence of 9 months for a case of such vile abuse is the fault of the system is nearly overwhelming. But there is no reason to believe that, after an appeal, the trial judge's bizarre sentence will not reflect the idea of punishment rather that some more current, hipper, idea.