Time will say nothing by W. H. Auden

Time will say nothing but I told you so,
Time only knows the price we have to pay;
If I could tell you I would let you know.

If we should weep when clowns put on their show,
If we should stumble when musicians play,
Time will say nothing but I told you so.

There are no fortunes to be told, although,
Because I love you more than I can say,
If I could tell you I would let you know.

The winds must come from somewhere when they blow,
There must be reasons why the leaves decay;
Time will say nothing but I told you so.

Perhaps the roses really want to grow,
The vision seriously intends to stay;
If I could tell you I would let you know.

Suppose the lions all get up and go,
And all the brooks and soldiers run away;
Will time say nothing but I told you so?
If I could tell you I would let you know.

W. H. Auden

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Russell Boyle, of russellboyle.com, is a mathematics teacher, writer, and poet. Russell is the author of a number of teaching resources, including the Year 7 to 8 Mathematics Short-Answer Tasks, the Year 7 to 10 Mathematics Multiple-Choice Tasks, the Year 9 Extended-Response Tasks, the solutions to the Year 12 VCAA Mathematics Exams and the Web-Programming For Beginners series of courses. Russell's poetry anthologies are titled The Beginning, Footprints and Loneliness.
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7 Responses to Time will say nothing by W. H. Auden

  1. Pingback: One Evening by W. H. Auden | russellboyle.com

  2. Cody McCullough says:

    Great poem. Good choice.

  3. russellboyle says:

    I agree. Thanks for your visit and comment.

  4. perthians says:

    Really good 🙂

  5. russellboyle says:

    Thanks, Bobbie. Auden’s poem has given me comfort during times of great sadness and loss.

  6. tornadoday says:

    Intoxicating……… I love it, Russell…………… ~ Love, Bobbie

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