Perhaps the Roses Really Want to Grow : a Poem for Valentine’s Day by W.H. Auden

 

 

   

 If I Could Tell You

W.H. Auden

 

Time will tell 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. 

 

  

    

  

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Perhaps the Roses Really Want to Grow : a Poem for Valentine’s Day by W.H. Auden

  1. I hope you’re not feeling gloomy yourself BW? February is such a tricky month – it can cast a pall over the best of us. Although, saying that, I saw the first daffodils in someone’s garden yesterday which cheered things up no end.

  2. Good of you to ask, WH. To be frank, I haven’t been in the best of spirits recently. February, as you say, is a month I could really do without and my mood hasn’t been improved by the whole grisly business of Cuts. Inevitable or otherwise, it’s all very lowering if you happen to be on the receiving end of them.

    On the other hand I have hopes that my daffodils are on the point of blooming – I can see them poised – so perhaps things are looking up.

  3. Roll on Spring indeed. Obviously I don’t know your circumstances but I sincerely hope that you are not adversely affected by the current political climate; it’s a worrying time for so many people. The Wartime Housewife will be thinking about Backwatersman in a wholesome and nice way and wishing you well.

    Listen, tomorrow I’m going to tell you all how to make Shortbread – how much better can it get? There may even be pictures!
    (if it’s good enough for The Archers, it’s good enough for you lot…)

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