Monday 10 June 2013

The nearby stars

Here is my answer to W.H. Auden's poem on stars; this time it is less a satire and more a re-expression of what the poem did to me.

The nearby stars

I care not for stars,
and they care not for me:
We see each-other distantly

But stars are also far apart
And well accustomed to their view
But you are near, and I love you.

The original is:

“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.”

― W.H. Auden

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