response in reverse to Auden’s “A Walk After Dark”

we find our minds turned
to minor categorizing, as of birds
or stars, planets, plants—
though we still would count ourselves young
we discover how set in our ways
and full enough of age

overfull of death and decay
(the broken always with us)
as another crisis enwraps the world—
we want to feel and do more
with no guilt about it
or being called hypocrite by the young

or worse, a Victorian, having passed
beyond the ability to impress them
with our decent, ordered lives—
so I find at dinner nothing
but exhausted, plummeting defeat
more clouds in the forecast

Playing with today’s prompt from NaPoWriMo.net. I used only the first three stanzas of Auden’s poem.

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2 thoughts on “response in reverse to Auden’s “A Walk After Dark””

  1. This is so very well done. I went to find Auden’s original and I think you do a great job exploring his tone and mood. The first stanza is simply heartbreaking – categorizing, counting, putting things in place from a distance, but it’s ourselves.

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