Poem Du Jour: “Roman Wall Blues” by W.H. Auden

Blowhard, Esq. writes:


Over the heather the wet wind blows,
I’ve lice in my tunic and a cold in my nose.

The rain comes pattering out of the sky,
I’m a Wall soldier, I don’t know why.

The mist creeps over the hard grey stone,
My girl’s in Tungria; I sleep alone.

Aulus goes hanging around her place,
I don’t like his manners, I don’t like his face.

Piso’s a Christian, he worships a fish;
There’d be no kissing if he had his wish.

She gave me a ring but I diced it away;
I want my girl and I want my pay.

When I’m a veteran with only one eye
I shall do nothing but look at the sky.

About Blowhard, Esq.

Amateur, dilettante, wannabe.
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3 Responses to Poem Du Jour: “Roman Wall Blues” by W.H. Auden

  1. peterike says:

    When he’s on, Auden is tremendous. There is just such a mountain of his work to slog through. Two of my favorite bits because they are so apt to these sad days:

    “Once we had a country and we thought it fair,
    Look in the atlas and you’ll find it there:
    We cannot go there now, my dear, we cannot go there now.”

    “Walked through a wood, saw the birds in the trees;
    They had no politicians and sang at their ease:
    There weren’t the human race, my dear, they weren’t the human race.”

    Both from “Ten Songs.”


  2. epiminondas says:

    Here’s a poem by the man who the wall is named after…Hadrian.

    Frail little, fond little waif of a soul,
    Comrade and guest of this body of clay,
    Whither away now, O whither away –
    Naked and stark and so woefully wan,
    Yesterday’s whimsies all over and done.
    Poor little droll.


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