September 1, 1939
by W.H. Auden

Defenceless under the night
Our world in a stupor lies;
Yet, dotted everywhere,
Ironic points of light
Flash out wherever the Just
Exchange their messages:
May I, composed like them
Of Eros and of dust,
Beleaguered by the same
Negation and despair,
Show an affirming flame.


Jaggi Singh
2755 Fairview Crescent
Vancouver, BC
V6T 2B8 CANADA
jbsingh@unixg.ubc.ca

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