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Poem of the Day > 97. The More Loving One- W H Auden

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message 1: by Lee (new)

Lee The More Loving One

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

message 2: by Lee (new)

Lee I really like this - there's a lot of thought packed in to a short poem. The idea of the stars burning with an unrequited love for us is really quite disturbing.

message 3: by Hilary (new)

Hilary | 2082 comments This is a strange one! I'm not sure what I think about it at the moment, I think I need to come back to it a few times.

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