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    A cloudless night like this
    Can set the spirit soaring:
    After a tiring day
    The clockwork spectacle is
    Impressive in a slightly boring
    Eighteenth-century way.

    It soothed adolescence a lot
    To meet so shamelesss a stare;
    The things I did could not
    Be so shocking as they said

    If that would still be there
    After the shocked were dead

    Now, unready to die
    Bur already at the stage
    When one starts to resent the young,
    I am glad those points in the sky
    May also be counted among
    The creatures of middle-age.

    It’s cosier thinking of night
    As more an Old People’s Home
    Than a shed for a faultless machine,

    That the red pre-Cambrian light
    Is gone like Imperial Rome
    Or myself at seventeen.

    For the present stalks abroad
    Like the past and its wronged again
    Whimper and are ignored,
    And the truth cannot be hid;

    Somebody chose their pain,
    What needn’t have happened did.

    But the stars burn on overhead,
    Unconscious of final ends,

    As I walk home to bed,

    Asking what judgment waits
    My person, all my friends,
    And these United States.


    A Walk After Dark - WH Auden

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    You've come right out the other side of the forest of irony and ended up in the desert of wrong.

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