Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I want some recognition for my self-control

It's almost the end of April and I've hardly shoved any Auden down your throats at all!

Here are some quotes by the man and then afterward, a poem by Dorothy Parker, the queen of snark before the word even existed.

Evil is unspectacular and always human, and shares our bed and eats at our own table.

Like everything which is not the involuntary result of fleeting emotion but the creation of time and will, any marriage, happy or unhappy, is infinitely more interesting than any romance, however passionate.

May it not be that, just as we have to have faith in Him, God has to have faith in us and, considering the history of the human race so far, may it not be that "faith" is even more difficult for Him than it is for us?

No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.


Inscription for the Ceiling of a Bedroom
by Dorothy Parker
Daily dawns another day;

I must up, to make my way.
Though I dress and drink and eat,
Move my fingers and my feet,
Learn a little, here and there,
Weep and laugh and sweat and swear,
Hear a song, or watch a stage,
Leave some words upon a page,
Claim a foe, or hail a friend-
Bed awaits me at the end.

Though I go in pride and strength,
I'll come back to bed at length.
Though I walk in blinded woe,
Back to bed I'm bound to go.
High my heart, or bowed my head,
All my days but lead to bed.
Up, and out, and on; and then
Ever back to bed again,
Summer, Winter, Spring, and Fall-
I'm a fool to rise at all!


Cooper said...

yeah...that's the way i feel most mornings....

actonbell said...

clap clap clap! Thank you for reminding me of the important things in life.

quilly said...

What if my marriage is a romance?

And I LOVED that poem! I'm not getting up tomorrow!

lime said...

ah yes, dorothy and i are much in agreement on the issue of our beds. one of my favorites from her.