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W.H. Auden, Another Time

I sit in one of the dives
On Fifty-second Street
Uncertain and afraid
As the clever hopes expire
Of a low dishonest decade:
Waves of anger and fear
Circulate over the bright
And darkened lands of the earth,
Obsessing our private lives;
The unmentionable odour of death
Offends the September night.

Accurate scholarship can
Unearth the whole offense
From Luther until now
That has driven a culture mad,
Find what occurred at Linz,
What huge imago made
A psychopathic god:
I and the public know
What all schoolchildren learn,
Those to whom evil is done
Do evil in return.

Exiled Thucydides knew
All that a speech can say
About Democracy,
And what dictators do,
The elderly rubbish they talk
To an apathetic grave;
Analyzed all in his book,
The enlightenment driven away,
The habit-forming pain,
Mismanagement and grief:
We must suffer them all again.

Into this neutral air
Where blind skyscrapers use
Their full height to proclaim
The strength of Collective Man,
Each language pours its vain
Competitive excuse:
But who can live for long
In an euphoric dream;
Out of the mirror they stare,
Imperialism’s face
And the international wrong.

Faces along the bar
Cling to their average day:
The lights must never go out,
The music must always play,
All the conventions conspire
To make this fort assume
The furniture of home;
Lest we should see where we are,
Lost in a haunted wood,
Children afraid of the night
Who have never been happy or good.

The windiest militant trash
Important Persons shout
Is not so crude as our wish:
What mad Nijinsky wrote
About Diaghilev
Is true of the normal heart;
For the error bred in the bone
Of each woman and each man
Craves what it cannot have,
Not universal love
But to be loved alone.

From the conservative dark
Into the ethical life
The dense commuters come,
Repeating their morning vow;
‘I will be true to the wife,
I’ll concentrate more on my work,’
And helpless governors wake
To resume their compulsory game:
Who can release them now,
Who can reach the dead,
Who can speak for the dumb?

All I have is a voice
To undo the folded lie,
The romantic lie in the brain
Of the sensual man-in-the-street
And the lie of Authority
Whose buildings grope the sky:
There is no such thing as the State
And no one exists alone;
Hunger allows no choice
To the citizen or the police;
We must love one another or die.

Defenseless under the night
Our world in stupor lies;
Yet, dotted everywhere,
Ironic points of light
Flash out wherever the Just
Exchange their messages:
May I, composed like them
Of Eros and of dust,
Beleaguered by the same
Negation and despair,
Show an affirming flame.

Déjà fucking vu



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iLonewolf Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015   Writer
Wishing you a very Happy Birthday, my friend.
Hope today finds you well and that you get a moment to enjoy your day.
Much love,
sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015
Girl 2 by Digithalie Thanks For Support by AudraMBlackburnsArt
ArtBYbeverly Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the lovely "shout out" on my profile page, you are very sweet!! :hug: :heart:
ArtBYbeverly Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday for tomorrow, I hope you have a fantastic celebration!! :hug: :party:
deranged-gerbil Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Thanks for the fave on my version of monets bridge!
Phantagrafie Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot for faving my first DD and sorry for the delay! ;)
Girl in the moon by Phantagrafie
fingolfinboy Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey, thank you so much for adding my moon painting to your favorites; I'm glad you liked it!
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Hey, thanks so much for faving *Path in the Woods* glad you like it :)
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i've been so tied up and being away from here is not healthy')

thanks again sweetie!
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