Star-Gazer

Forty-two years ago (to me if to no one else
The number is of some interest) it was a brilliant starry night
And the westward train was empty and had no corridors
So darting from side to side I could catch the unwonted sight
Of those almost intolerably bright
Holes, punched in the sky, which excited me partly because
Of their Latin names and partly because I had read in the textbooks
How very far off they were, it seemed their light
Had left them (some at least) long years before I was.

And this remembering now I mark that what
Light was leaving some of them at least then,
Forty-two years ago, will never arrive
In time for me to catch it, which light when
It does get here may find that there is not
Anyone left alive
To run from side to side in a late night train
Admiring it and adding noughts in vain.

by Louis Macneice

Comments (5)

My tantalised spirit here blandly reposes..I liked it.
The most dynamic of Poe's myriad of literary largess is his ability to send shivers down your spine with his horror/darkside verse...and then turn that shiver to tinglings as you read one of his many romantic works ~FjR~
........my favourite stanzas ~She tenderly kissed me, She fondly caressed, And then I fell gently To sleep on her breast- Deeply to sleep From the heaven of her breast. When the light was extinguished, She covered me warm, And she prayed to the angels To keep me from harm- To the queen of the angels To shield me from harm.
man that's beautiful
This is one of my favorite poems. Edgar Allan Poe is a very exellent poet..