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Mary Morstan Female, 54, New Zealand (6/20/2013 10:31:00 AM)

Déjà Vu

It does not come round in hundreds of thousands of years,
It comes round in the split of a wink, you will be sitting exactly
Where you are now and scratching your elbow, the train
Will be passing exactly as now and saying
It does not come round,
It does not come round,
It does not come round, and compactly
The wheels will mark time on the rails and the bird in the air
Sit tight in its box and the same bean of coffee be ground
That is now in the mill and I know what you're going to say
For all this has happened before, we both have been through the mill,
Through our Magnus Annus, and now could all but call it a day
Were it not that scratching your elbow you are too lovely by half
So that, whatever the rules we might be supposed to obey,
Our love must extend beyond time because time is itself in arrears
So this double vision must pass and past and future unite
And where we were told to kowtow we can snap our fingers and laugh
And now, as you watch, I will take this selfsame pencil and write:
It does not come round in hundreds of thousands of years.

Louis MacNeice

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  • Lamont Palmer (6/20/2013 1:42:00 PM) Post reply | Read 3 replies

    Auden's buddy and often his equal. -LP

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    • Lamont Palmer (6/22/2013 8:47:00 PM) Post reply

      Flaccid?Yes, its plainspoken to a degree but its FAR from 'flaccid'. Its a wonderful poem; I've been back to read it several times. You accusing, well, ANYONE of flaccidity, is like McKuen accusing so ... more

    • Jefferson Carter (6/22/2013 11:43:00 AM) Post reply

      Better than most of his stuff, but the diction seems so FLACCID! My instinct is to whip out my scalpel and start slashing away at all the deadwood.

    • Mary Morstan (6/20/2013 2:31:00 PM) Post reply

      You should buy his Collected Poems (big collection) - he was more than often his equal. Brilliant - even the early poems. You won't find the best online.

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