I’ll miss you.
Oh, how I’ll miss you.
I’ll dream of you,
And I’ll cry a million tears.
But the sorrow will pass.
And the one thing that will last,
Is the love that you’ve given to me.
—After You’re Gone, Iris Dement
The movie Four Weddings and a Funeral features a core group of friends–and their friends–who come together at epic life events, including the eponymous ones.
They regroup at assorted celebrations of wedded bliss, and then on an occasion of profound grief: a funeral service at which the deceased character’s partner speaks. In his soft brogue he reads a poem, “Funeral Blues,” by W. H. Auden.
Auden also wrote “Leap Before You Look,” in which he seemed to refer to a living but forbidden lover when he spoke of “rejoic[ing] when no one else is there” being “even harder than it is to weep,” and of a “solitude ten thousand fathoms deep.”