“The Tower,” by W. H. Auden
(Part IX of “The Quest”)
This is an architecture for the old;
Thus heaven was attacked by the afraid,
So once, unconsciously, a virgin made
Her maidenhead conspicuous to a god.
Here on dark nights while worlds of triumph sleep
Lost Love in abstract speculation burns,
And exiled Will to politics returns
In epic verse that makes its traitors weep.
Yet many come to wish their tower a well;
For those who dread to drown, of thirst may die,
Those who see all become invisible:
Here great magicians, caught in their own spell,
Long for a natural climate as they sigh
“Beware of Magic” to the passer-by.
Belly by Bilbo Baggins, hair by Gandalf the Grey, Eye of goddam Sauron if you comment on either.
I don’t have a middle-aged body, I have a MIDDLE EARTH body.
Print postcard, linen texture.
Rest easy, Chris Irvine — Mary Washington College Class of 1994. Pro Deo Domo Patria.
Chris passed away Sunday following his battle with Covid-19.
If I could pick a single thing on the Internet that I would recommend to another American right now, it would be the Facebook page of Dr. Heather Cox Richardson. Richardson is an author, political historian and Professor of History at Boston College who posts regular commentary about history and politics. She admirably breaks things down in plain language that is accessible to a layperson — but she doesn’t dumb things down either. (Her commentary about the January 6th coup attempt has been invaluable.)
She has a website, a Twitter page, and a Youtube channel too, but for some reason I find her Facebook uploads a little easier to navigate. (And that’s weird, because Facebook’s configuration typically feels clumsier to me than that of other platforms.)
Anyway, do check out her videos.