Louis Simpson passed away this week, a Pulitzer Prize winning poet who wasn’t exactly known for his upbeat view on life. A veteran of WWII, he had seen the darker side of human nature and suffered from PTSD. He was also known for his scathing commentary on suburban life.
A dear friend, with whom I walk my dog, pointed out his obituary to me on Tuesday, which included a quote from his poem, A Farewell to His Muse, offering his less pessimistic view on the world that came with age:
All you really know is given
at moments when you’re seeing and listening.
Being in love
is a great help.
Oh yes, but keep a dog.