Monday, March 17, 2008

Kill Joy

I've seen a number of people are stitching The Sampler Girl's My Everything which has the lines
My North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song

But here's the line that's not stitched:
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

Read all of "Stop All the Clocks" or "Funeral Blues" here. It's a lovely sentiment, but clearly an elegy. I certainly couldn't stitch it until the dude was dead. He already thinks I watch all those crime shows so I can plan the perfect murder...

13 comments:

blueridge115 said...

I cracked up when I read the last line. It's perfect for what I just went through. The saying, I mean...if I were stitch that, it would mean I'm really hanging on. Ugh.

Anonymous said...

Brilliant! Fabulous analysis of a quote taken out of context.

Anonymous said...

Tell the dude not to worry. If you were to do something, Bobby Goran would figure it out and you'd be done for.

I love cemeteries but not all the mushy sentiment that goes with loss and funerals - just cemeteries.

Lucky you are so well read so you won't inadvertently stitch something without knowing the actual context of the quote.
dd

zoomcity said...

I dunno. I like it for its sentiment. Besides, people always wonder what will be said about them at their funeral. Now a select few will know before they're well and perfectly murdered.

Nic said...

Oddly, I was just thinking about this poem yesterday, and in the elegy context - DP was having a suspicious lump checked out at the hospital, and I was feeling morbid. Fortunately, the lump has been judged benign, so I won't be stitching this for a while...

;o)

Barbara said...

Love it! May go ahead and stitch the line that's been dropped, just for the fun of it. ;)

Cathy said...

Oh. Bummer.

xsquared said...

I thought I was the only one baffled by this chart! I can imagine that not everyone has read Auden, but didn't anyone see "4 Weddings and a Funeral"? This was read at the funeral.

C in DC said...

I'm with xsquared. John Hannah's reading of this in 4 weddings is moving.

How could folks not realize there's a missing line to the second couplet? Weird.

Melissa said...

This poem breaks my heart and yes, John Hannah's voice is the one I hear in my head when I'm reading it. It bugged me too when I first saw it, knowing how sad the poem really is. I know finding joy in the charted verse is the point and one should really focus on the happiness of being in love, deep, true love, and I will always connect it with deep, true love, but deep, true love lost to the permanence of death. Morbid aren't I?

Katrina said...

Four Weddings and a Funeral is one of my all time favorite movies. I do like that poem, and also hear John Hannah reading it :-). I do still like the chart and might stitch it.

Jenna said...

Wow, that last line really makes all of the difference, doesn't it? LOL.

patternnuts said...

Wow, very deep, the last line is so *wow*.
Hee hee, my husband must think the same thing too. I have watched more crime shows on TV... hee hee