Darkness is fun to draw.
Bread Loaf Mountain provides an extraordinary night sky and it was dizzying to spend the whole day trying to feel like a serious writer and then tilt my head back at night and get smashed by the enormity of visible space. I would talk to myself, and to the stars, at such times. I recited to them what I could remember of that Auden poem, for example.
I like the defiant tone of Auden's poem, the idea of love as an act of bravery undertaken for its own sake. But I disagree with him about indifference being the least we have to fear. Indifference is one of the things I'm most afraid of. Warren Zevon wrote a song about all this, of course:
A gentle rain falls on me
And all life folds back into the sea
We contemplate eternity
Beneath the vast indifference of Heaven