Auden, politics and me, today (8 May 2017)

Startled today to read words from seventy years ago, so fresh:

“For the present stalks abroad 

like the past and its wronged again

whimper and are ignored,

and the truth cannot be hid;

Somebody chose their pain,

what needn’t have happened did

 

But the stars burn on overhead,

unconscious of final ends,

As I walk home to bed, 

Asking what judgement waits

My person, all my friends

and these United States.”  from “A Walk after Dark” W H Auden

CLICK on the video below to hear W H Auden read the whole poem in his wonderfully rich, resonant voice. (just over 2 minutes.  worth it).

 

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