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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

April 8: "The More Loving One" by W.H. Auden

    The More Loving One 
    by W.H. Auden 
    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.

For more about this poem and a reading by astrophysicist Janna Levin, visit this Brainpickings piece by Maria Popova. 

To hear the poet reading his own poem, go to this YouTube video.

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