14. The Way (from The Quest)
W. H. Auden
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Now everyone knows the hero must choose the old horse,
Abstain from liquor and sexual intercourse,
And look out for a stranded fish to be kind to:
Now everyone thinks he could find, had he a mind to,
The way through the waste to the chapel in the rock
For a vision of the Triple Rainbow or the Astral Clock
Forgetting his information comes mostly from married men
Who liked fishing and a flutter on the horses now and then
And how reliable can any truth be that is got
By observing oneself and then just inserting a Not?