Travelling With Philip Larkin

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse14 Feb 2017

She thinks it might
Be hand luggage.
Smiling, I say
It’s just a book,
But lose conviction:

It carries far more
Than it weighs.
Our eyes meet
Embarrassed,
And I climb aboard

To watch Europe drown
In a sea of cloud
Gently lapping against
The mountains
Like a premonition.