Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Love #1, Auden #4

Are our dreams indicative? Does it exist,

  That last landscape
Of gloom and glaciers and great storms
Where, cold into chasms, cataracts
  Topple, and torrents
Through rocky ruptures rage for ever
In a winter twilight watched by ravens,
  Birds on basalt,
And shadows of ships long-shattered lie,
Preserved disasters, in the solid ice
  Of frowning fjords?
Does the Moon’s message mean what it says:
“In that oldest and most hidden of all places
  Number is unknown”?
Can lying lovers believe their bones’
  Unshaken assurance
That all the elegance, all the promise
Of the world they wish is waiting there?

The Age of Anxiety (excerpt)