Written in '15. Revised a bit just now.

A Benediction for Uncle Wiz

W. H. Auden is my Harry Potter,
A quintessentially British phenomenon
That makes me all American fanboy.

The impenetrability of the early verse,
The effervescence of the later --
Plainspoken and prolix, scholarly and simple.

If Marianne Moore had married Cole Porter
And given life to a gay and proper Anglican
With a facility for every kind of metre,

The offspring might have been Wystan Auden:
Verse more elegant than a Scarlatti sonata,
Odes more potent than a Bombay martini,

Acrobatic alcaics, sinewy Sapphics,
And naughty haiku. Bless his cheerful ghost!

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Written on 2021-02-20 at 23:26

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Christopher Fernie The PoetBay support member heart!
Dear Tommo,

Since election day, you have signed off more pieces than Joe Biden has signed off Executive Orders,,, and your output is just as important!

You are a fine poet, and in the fullness of time, I am sure Joe Biden will become a fine President.

With best wishes,


josephus The PoetBay support member heart!
There is elegance and offhand sophistication woven through this as threads form an understated Brooks Brothers suit. Bravo!