If I could tell you

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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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7 thoughts on “If I could tell you

    1. amonikabyanyuvva Post author

      I like spellls! thats the magic in a poem. When I was younger, I read one of T S Eliots poems without understanding it, yet it lived in me. His power was to move me, without understanding intellectually. It is an interesting phenomenon. As I get older I am more delighted by the parodoxes that being human throws up. best wishes to you, and thank you for reading and connecting.
      Anne

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      1. marthastephens

        I, too, am very happy to be connecting and to be learning, largely through you, way off in the UK, what the blogisphere is — how strange and fascinating a beast it is!
        I got on line to some of the T. S. Eliot poems an hour ago and yes, I see certain lines that were once embedded in my consciousness without my fully understanding what they were or meant . . . April is the cruellest month, i.e., breeding lilacs out of the dead (?) ground . . . . Hurry Up Please It’s Time. Should probably read one day all of The Waste Land again and study the profuse notes Eliot attached to it from those ancient and contemporaneous sources he knew so well — notes not as annoying to me today, I bet, as they once were. They seem to be full of interest and strangeness and for many of us an essential partner to the poem itself.

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      2. amonikabyanyuvva Post author

        Yes!!! Eliot is so provocative, I love his poem The love song of Alfred Prufrock! It is strange how things that once were viewed as hindrance and annoyance become wonderful in themselves. Age is better than I though it was going to be!

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