Friday, November 13, 2009

Aubade

Beckoned anew to a World
where wishes alter nothing,
expelled from the padded cell
of Sleep and re-admitted
to involved Humanity,
again, as wrote Augustine,
I know that I am and will,
I am willing and knowing,
I will to be and to know,
facing in four directions,
outwards and inwards in Space,
observing and reflecting,
backwards and forwards through Time,
recalling and forecasting.

(W.H. Auden)

1 comment:

sisyphus said...

You've probably read Philip Larkin's rather different take on the 'Aubade' theme. He was another British poet, a near-contemporary of Auden's, but he is generally seen as being far less optimistic about these matters!