“Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can; all of them make me laugh.” –W.H.Auden

Happy Birthday W.H. Auden who was born today in 1907 in England. His poems are great to read aloud. Auden makes a good point in the above quote on laughter. Have you ever read Norman Cousin’s Anatomy of An Illness, where he recounts how his own regime of viewing funny movies and laughing along with vitamin supplements helped heal him after being diagnosed with a very serious malady.

Back to W.H. Auden: Read the poem below, love it!

 If I Could Tell You

Time will say nothing but I told you so,

Time only knows the price we have to pay;

If I could tell you I would let you know.

 

If we should weep when clowns put on their show,

If we should stumble when musicians play,

Time will say nothing but I told you so.

 

There are no fortunes to be told, although,

Because I love you more than I can say,

If I could tell you I would let you know.

 

The winds must come from somewhere when they blow,

There must be reasons why the leaves decay;

Time will say nothing but I told you so.

 

Perhaps the roses really want to grow,

The vision seriously intends to stay;

If I could tell you I would let you know.

 

Suppose the lions all get up and go,

And all the brooks and soldiers run away;

Will Time say nothing but I told you so?

If I could tell you I would let you know.

 -W. H. Auden (1907 – 73)

 

 

 

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