On His Queerness

When I was young and wanted to see the sights,
They told me: ‘Cast an eye over the Roman Camp
If you care to.
But plan to spend most of your day at the Aquarium –
Because, after all, the Aquarium –
Well, I mean to say, the Aquarium –
Till you’ve seen the Aquarium you ain’t seen nothing.’

So I cast my eye over
The Roman Camp –
And that old Roman Camp,
That old, old Roman Camp
Got me
Interested.

So that now, near closing-time,
I find that I still know nothing –
And am still not even sorry that I know nothing –
About fish.

by Christopher Isherwood (1904-1986)

 

One Response to “On His Queerness”

  1. Christopher Bradshaw-Isherwood was born at Marple Hall. The hall no longer exists apart from the foundations (which can still be viewed), and a secondary school now takes the location and the name. We live on the old Marple Hall estate which was sold for housing development in the 1930’s.

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