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As I Walked Out One Evening, by W.H.Auden

As I walked out one evening,

Walking down Bristol Street,

The crowds upon the pavement

Were fields of harvest wheat.

And down by the brimming river

I heard a lover sing.

Under an arch of the railway:

'Love has no ending.

'I'll love you, dear, I'll love you

Till China and Africa meet,

And the river jumps over the mountain

And the salmon sing in the street,

'I'll love you till the ocean

Is folded and hung up to dry

And the seven stars go squawking

Like geese about the sky.

'The years shall run like rabbits,

For in my arms I hold

The Flower of the Ages,

And the first love of the world.'

But all the clocks in the city

Began to whirr and chime:

'O let not Time deceive you,

You cannot conquer Time.

'In the burrows of the Nightmare

Where Justice naked is,

Time watches from the shadow

And coughs when you would kiss.

'In headaches and in worry

Vaguely life leaks away,

And Time will have his fancy

To-morrow or to-day.

'Into many a green valley

Drifts the appalling snow;

Time breaks the threaded dances

And the diver's brilliant bow.

'O plunge your hands in water,

Plunge them in up to the wrist;

Stare, stare in the basin

And wonder what you've missed.

'The glacier knocks in the cupboard,

The desert sighs in the bed,

And the crack in the tea-cup open

s A lane to the land of the dead.

'Where the beggars raffle the banknotes

And the Giant is enchanting to Jack,

And the Lily-white Boy is a Roarer,

And Jill goes down on her back.

'O look, look in the mirror,

O look in your distress:

Life remains a blessing

Although you cannot bless.

'O stand, stand at the window

As the tears scald and start;

You shall love your crooked neighbour

With your crooked heart.'

It was late, late in the evening,

The lovers they were gone;

The clocks had ceased their chiming,

And the deep river ran on.

Just because I love his poetry... and today, that one is my favorite. I actually wrote a reply to it, because there are a few things i take issue with, being the old romantic i am, but i'm not going to post it just yet, because it still needs tweaking.

And like everyone else... I love a good quote too, so here are some nice ones -

"We must love one another or die" - Auden, September 1st

"It's not all bright and beautiful, but it's not that bloody bad" - Jennifer Saunders, Ab Fab

"I don't really trust a sane person" - Lyle Azado

"The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes" - Frank Lloyd Wright

"I drink good coffee every morning, comes from a place that's far away, and when i'm done, i feel like talking, without you there is less to say" - Colin Hay, I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You

"I did the walk of shame with two different shoes on" - Unknown, but if you're going to do it, do it right ;)

"And I can say I've never brought you flowers, I can't work out what they mean" - James Morrison, You Give Me Something.

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it" - Aristotle

"Love really is everything it's cracked up to be... It really is worth fighting for; being brave for; risking everything for" - Erica Jong

"A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people" - Thomas Mann

"Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it" - P.J. O'Rourke

"Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love" Charles M Shulz, Charlie Brown

Think about it...

Alright, i'm not going to lie, i'm not very good at updating, but i do try and i do love your reviews and i promise not to leave any story incomplete, it will just take time and patience. Although, I have lost my muse on my Harry Potter story, I am going to try and come back to it with time, but there are some other things I gotta get written before I can get back to it, or I just can't focus!

Thank you and good night.