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(TV) something to ponder in light of columbia

W. H. Auden        
Musie des Beaux Arts 

About suffering they were never wrong, 
The Old Masters:   how well they understood 
Its human position; how it takes place 
While someone else is eating or opening a window or
just walking dully along; 
How, when the aged are reverently, passionately
For the miraculous birth, there always must be 
Children who did not specially want it to happen,
On a pond at the edge of the wood: 
They never forgot 
That even the dreadful martyrdom must run its course 
Anyhow in a corner, some untidy spot 
Where the dogs go on with their doggy life and the
torturers horse 
Scratches its innocent behind on a tree. 
In Brueghels Icarus, for instance:  how everything
turns away 
Quite leisurely from the disaster; the ploughman may 
Have heard the splash, the forsaken cry, 
But for him it was not an important failure; the sun
As it had to on the white legs disappearing into the
Water; and the expensive delicate ship that must have
Something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky, 
Had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on. 


"I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart's affection and the truth of Imagination.  What Imagination seizes as Beauty must be truth--whether it existed before or not."
                                   --John Keats

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