By W.H. Auden, 1907-1973
I Walked Out One Evening by W. H. Auden
Bristol Street Cafe
Love has no ending...
The years shall run like rabbits, for in my arms I hold the Flower of the Ages, and the first love of the world. But all the clocks in the city began to whirr and chime: O let not Time deceive you, you cannot conquer Time.
In the burrows of the Nightmare where Justice naked is, Time watches from the shadow and coughs when you would kiss.
The glacier knocks in the cupboard, the desert sighs in the bed, and the crack in the tea-cup opens a lane to the land of the dead.
It is late, late in the evening, the lovers they are gone; the clocks had ceased their chiming, and the deep river runs on.
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