W H Auden - The more loving one

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  1. Pip28

    Pip28 Well-Known Member

    One of my favorate poems writen by W H Auden in 1957 I think:-

    Looking up at the stars, I know quite well
    That, for all they care, I can go to hell,
    But on earth indifference is the least
    We have to dread from man or beast.

    How should we like it were stars to burn
    With a passion for us we could not return?
    If equal affection cannot be,
    Let the more loving one be me.

    Admirer as I think I am
    Of stars that do not give a damn,
    I cannot, now I see them, say
    I missed one terribly all day.

    Were all stars to disappear or die,
    I should learn to look at an empty sky
    And feel its total darkness sublime,
    Though this might take me a little time.
  2. Terry

    Terry Antiquities Friend Staff Alumni

    I love Auden.
    Sharp and very much to the point.
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