“Our dream of safety has to disappear.”

Much can be said for social savior-faire,
Bu to rejoice when no one else is there
Is even harder than it is to weep;
No one is watching, but you have to leap.

A solitude ten thousand fathoms deep
Sustains the bed on which we lie, my dear:
Although I love you, you will have to leap;
Our dream of safety has to disappear.

—  excerpt from W. H. Auden’s “Leap Before You Look”

 

AudenVanVechten1939

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