“Or look at clouds through bits of coloured glass. “

The only difference that could be seen
From those who’d never risked their lives at all
Was his delight in details and routine:

For he was always glad to mow the grass,
Pour liquids from large bottles into small,
Or look at clouds through bits of coloured glass.

— from W. H. Auden’s “The Hero” (section XVI. of “The Quest”)

 

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