Quotation by W.H. Auden

Nobody knows what the cause is,
Though some pretend they do;
It's like some hidden assassin
Waiting to strike at you.
Childless women get it,
And men when they retire;
It's as if there had to be some outlet
For their foiled creative fire.
Surprise me with a
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