auden more loving law

if equal affection cannot be.. let the more loving one be me.

 – W H Auden

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intro’d via maria: https://www.brainpickings.org/2019/02/04/janna-levin-w-h-auden-the-more-loving-one/

THE MORE LOVING ONE
by W.H. Auden

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 dark sublime,
Though this might take me a little time.

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via jon fb share:

This poem by W.H. Auden seems pertinent today.
September 1, 1939
All I have is a voice
To undo the folded lie,
The romantic lie in the brain
Of the sensual man-in-the-streetAnd 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.

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W H Auden

auden sure law

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i know you ness

unconditional ness et al

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