Doug's Darkworld

War, Science, and Philosophy in a Fractured World.

The Second Coming

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Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

William Butler Yeats 1865-1939

(The Second Coming is public domain under US copyright law. The photo is being used non-commercially and legally: Credit and Copyright:  Hangdog CC BY-NC 2.0 Yeats wrote this in 1920 in the turmoil and aftermath of World War One. It just seemed appropriate these days.)


Written by unitedcats

August 9, 2009 at 11:46 am

Posted in History, Philosophy, War, World

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  1. Creepy Pic, nice….reminds me of a short story by Stephen King ” The Sun Dog”


    August 11, 2009 at 9:22 am

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