An affirming flame

Jan 3, 2021 | Predicates and commas and whatnot

Defenceless under the night
Our world in stupor lies;
Yet, dotted everywhere,
Ironic points of light
Flash out wherever the Just
Exchange their messages:
May I, composed like them
Of Eros and of dust,
Beleaguered by the same
Negation and despair,
Show an affirming flame.

…from W. H. Auden, “September 1, 1939