when auden spoke

what did he say and when he wrote

what did he write concerning

the preliminary sensation of a swift

arrow to the back of the head

dispensing fluid cool to the brain

surely more punctuation than this


he came over here a long time ago

and nailed the place

knew what plains and spiders meant

and how to get around and out

we didn't pay attention though

stuck around we did

reinventing fire and the little granpappy wheel