… they were never wrong,
The old Masters: how well they understood
Its human position: how it takes place
While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along;
How, when the aged are reverently, passionately waiting
For the miraculous birth, there always must be
Children who did not specially want it to happen, skating
On a pond at the edge of the wood:
They never forgot
That even the dreadful martyrdom must run its course
Anyhow in a corner, some untidy spot
Where the dogs go on with their doggy life and the torturer’s horse
Scratches its innocent behind on a tree.
In Breughel’s Icarus, for instance: how everything turns away
Quite leisurely from the disaster; the ploughman may
Have heard the splash, the forsaken cry,
But for him it was not an important failure; the sun shone
As it had to on the white legs disappearing into the green
Water, and the expensive delicate ship that must have seen
Something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky,
Had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on.
Musee des Beaux Arts
W. H. Auden
–Brussels / December 1938
It gives real meaning to the phrase, “We’re toast!”
Booker: If we have a constitutional crisis in this country, it’s important that the Supreme Court be above suspicion. Why not right now alleviate all suspicion that the reasonable person could have that you would recuse from all matters of the Mueller investigation?
Kavanaugh: If I commit to a position …
Booker: This is so that you don’t have to commit to a position.
Kavanaugh: If I committed to deciding a particular case, including whether I would participate, I would demonstrate that I do not have the independence necessary to be a good judge.
Y’know, the world’s much larger
Than it seems today,
But if my bad luck ever
Blows me back this way,
I’ll just look in the
Book of Liars
For your name…
There’s a star
In the Book of Liars
By your name.
Book of Liars
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