Tuesday, September 1, 2009

1 September 2009


I sit in one of the dives

On Fifty-Second Street

Uncertain and afraid

As the clever hopes expire

Of a low dishonest decade:

Waves of anger and fear

Circulate over the bright

and darkened lands of the earth,

Obsessing our private lives;

The unmentionable odour of death

Offends the September night.



W. H. Auden, '1 September 1939'

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