25 August 2006

An absurd command

From "In Sickness and in Health":
Beloved, we are always in the wrong,
Handling so clumsily our stupid lives,
Suffering too little or too long,
Too careful even in our selfish loves:
The decorative manias we obey
Die in grimaces round us every day,
Yet through their tohu-bohu comes a voice
Which utters an absurd command--Rejoice.
~ W.H. Auden

1 comment:

Robert said...

How deliciously Audenish! Thanks.