Wednesday, 23 January 2013

I'll love you 'til.

A fab challenge from Suzy on UKS this week. You can see it and join in here.
I used a couple of lines from As I Walked Out One Evening by WH Auden, beautiful poem.

As I walked out one evening,
   Walking down Bristol Street,
The crowds upon the pavement
   Were fields of harvest wheat.

And down by the brimming river
   I heard a lover sing
Under an arch of the railway:
   'Love has no ending.

'I'll love you, dear, I'll love you
   Till China and Africa meet,
And the river jumps over the mountain
   And the salmon sing in the street,

'I'll love you till the ocean
   Is folded and hung up to dry
And the seven stars go squawking
   Like geese about the sky.

'The years shall run like rabbits,
   For in my arms I hold
The Flower of the Ages,
   And the first love of the world.'

But all the clocks in the city
   Began to whirr and chime:
'O let not Time deceive you,
   You cannot conquer Time.

'In the burrows of the Nightmare
   Where Justice naked is,
Time watches from the shadow
   And coughs when you would kiss.

'In headaches and in worry
   Vaguely life leaks away,
And Time will have his fancy
   To-morrow or to-day.

'Into many a green valley
   Drifts the appalling snow;
Time breaks the threaded dances
   And the diver's brilliant bow.

'O plunge your hands in water,
   Plunge them in up to the wrist;
Stare, stare in the basin
   And wonder what you've missed.

'The glacier knocks in the cupboard,
   The desert sighs in the bed,
And the crack in the tea-cup opens
   A lane to the land of the dead.

'Where the beggars raffle the banknotes
   And the Giant is enchanting to Jack,
And the Lily-white Boy is a Roarer,
   And Jill goes down on her back.

'O look, look in the mirror,
   O look in your distress:
Life remains a blessing
   Although you cannot bless.

'O stand, stand at the window
   As the tears scald and start;
You shall love your crooked neighbour
   With your crooked heart.'

It was late, late in the evening,
   The lovers they were gone;
The clocks had ceased their chiming,
   And the deep river ran on. 

I love the line 'I'll love you til the ocean is folded and hung up to dry' especially.
MME Lost & Found 3 Ruby, acrylic paint, Simple Stories Sn@p and American Crafts Thickers DIY'ed with paint and embossing powder.

That was a nice way to spend a couple of hours with the snow falling again outside the window.


  1. What a beautiful poem and such a great LO, Jen. Well done ! xxx

  2. Oh, wow, Jennie, what a stunning layout! :)

  3. Oh my Jen that is quite stunning! I love the poem and the way you have included it on your age with a mixture of alphas and handwriting. A great photo of the boys, too.
    Sue x

  4. Lovely layout and the sentiment is well just so touching. I have used poems in the past for some pages I did for my mum think I might do it again

  5. Oh, yes! What a beautifully perfect line that is.

    Your page is gorgeous too. A fine combination!

  6. A lovely poem and a gorgeous page! Love all the pops of red x


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