Thoughts on character (with a nod to Dayner)

My blogging friend, Dayner, posted some questions yesterday about our own characteristics, both good and bad. It made me consider a trait that is both a fault and a strength in me: loyalty.

Thinking about this made me recall a poem by W.H. Auden. I pulled it out and read it. It applies so well to a few relationships in my life lately and comforted me to read the words again.

The More Loving One
   by W.H. Auden

Looking up at the stars, I know quite well
That, for all they care, I can go to hell,
But on earth indifference is the least
We have to dread from man or beast.

How should we like it were stars to burn
With a passion for us we could not return?
If equal affection cannot be,
Let the more loving one be me.

Admirer as I think I am
Of stars that do not give a damn,
I cannot, now I see them, say
I missed one terribly all day.

Were all stars to disappear or die,
I should learn to look at an empty sky
And feel its total darkness sublime,
Though this might take me a little time.

Dayner’s original post….
Character Study Part 1 Character Study Part 1: Our True Selves Characterization is something I thought I had figured out. I’m quickly finding out how untrue that is. One of my characters is a bit contradictory. I attempted to write someone that portrayed strength on the outside but was a mess on the inside. We’re all a little like that aren’t we? Don’t most people wear a facade to some extent? A social mask hiding our true feelings and true thoughts, at least with stra … Read More

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. dayner
    Jun 04, 2010 @ 21:46:34

    Thanks for the nod! I love this poem! Glad to know my character study reminded you how great you are.. Loyalty is a fine trait, one to be proud of.

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  2. Shaddy
    Jun 03, 2010 @ 10:22:19

    As I pause to comment here, my mind seems to have gone completely blank. For me at least momentarily, the stars have blinked out. The slate of my mind is bereft of any illumination. Hopefully, it will be many moons before I welcome total darkness and bathe in its sublime peacefulness.

    How kind of you to give a nod to Dayner’s blog. May the stars shine on you with a special light tonight, tomorrow night and forever more.

    Reply

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