Showing posts with label Auden. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Auden. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Goodbye,Teddy. You will be missed.

Edward Kennedy

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone.
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.


:from Funeral Blues, WH Auden



As tempted more; more able to endure,
As more exposed to suffering and distress;
Thence, also, more alive to tenderness.


Wordsworth

read President Obama's eulogy for Edward M. Kennedy, 8.29.09 here
image:New York Times

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

If I Could Tell You


Time will say nothing but I told you so,
Time only knows the price we have to pay;
If I could tell you I would let you know.

If we should weep when clowns put on their show,
If we should stumble when musicians play,
Time will say nothing but I told you so.

There are no fortunes to be told, although,
Because I love you more than I can say,
If I could tell you I would let you know.

The winds must come from somewhere when they blow,
There must be reasons why the leaves decay;
Time will say nothing but I told you so.

Perhaps the roses really want to grow,
The vision seriously intends to stay;
If I could tell you I would let you know.

Suppose the lions all get up and go,
And all the brooks and soldiers run away;
Will Time say nothing but I told you so?
If I could tell you I would let you know.

W.H. Auden




via: flickr