First off, I usually don't put too much stock into stuff like this but this particular segment on Colbert's show tonight made me take notice because
his guest was a Kennedy.
So tonight, Caroline Kennedy was the guest on The Colbert Report, talking about her new book of poetry. Part way through the interview, Colbert
mentioned that he was going to read two poems with her, one he didn't like and one he did. He decided to start with the one 'he didn't like'. The poem
was "Leap Before You Look" by W. H. Auden. Here is the poem.
Leap Before You Look
The sense of danger must not disappear:
The way is certainly both short and steep,
However gradual it looks from here;
Look if you like, but you will have to leap.
Tough-minded men get mushy in their sleep
And break the by-laws any fool can keep;
It is not the convention but the fear
That has a tendency to disappear.
The worried efforts of the busy heap,
The dirt, the imprecision, and the beer
Produce a few samrt wisecracke every year;
Laugh if you can, but you will have to leap.
The clothes that are considered right to wear
Will not be either sensible or cheap,
So long as we consent to live like sheep
And never mention those who disappear.
Much can be said for social savior-faire,
Bu to rejoice when no one else is there
Is even harder than it is to weep;
No one is watching, but you have to leap.
A solitude ten thousand fathoms deep
Sustains the bed on which we lie, my dear:
Although I love you, you will have to leap;
Our dream of safety has to disappear.
-- W. H. Auden
Now maybe I'm making something out of nothing, but it does't take an English major to draw some scary conclusions from this poem and it's pretty
coincidental the way he introduced it and it's contents. Talk of "sheep" and "safety" and the last four lines could be referring to a bunker. So what
do you guys think, am I making something out of nothing or was this a message.....
edit on 14-4-2011 by KevinB because: (no reason