there are a few men whom I worship for their thoughts and poetry
I hang on to their every word
the first man is W. H. Auden (immediately below)
the other man is Dag Hammarskjöld (which follows)
– by Wystan Hugh Auden
Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone.
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.
Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He is Dead,
Put crépe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.
He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song,
I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong
The stars are not wanted now, put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.
“Friendship needs no words – it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness.”
― Dag Hammarskjöld
and here: http://www.dag-hammarskjold.com/
I love Dag. He was a diplomat, economist, and poet. One of the smartest men of the last century – the second secretary general of the United Nations. he was a great man, a great diplomat.
tragic and prophetic….he said “may your loneliness spur you to find something to live for, great enough to die for…” and he died doing his life’s calling…. a plane crash in the Congo on his way to peace talks….
I have his book Markings….. it is basically his diary of thoughts and poetry…. it changed my life and made me smarter and think deeper as a man.
I RECOMMEND YOU DO TOO…. YOU CAN GET OLD USED HARD COPIES FOR LIKE $5- 8 online, plus shipping/handling …