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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 02:59 PM
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The BlueIris Semi-Nightly Poetry Break, 1/17/10
"The Second Coming"

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 Spritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in the 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?

--W.B. Yeats
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Tuesday Afternoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 03:02 PM
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1. wow
timeless. thanks.
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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 03:10 PM
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2. Yep. This one has been chasing me around lately.
So I thought I'd give it a re-read. (Re-post? Retro may have posted it here at some point.)
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Tuesday Afternoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 03:24 PM
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3. gotta admit. it is hard to beat Yeats.
do damn good.
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 04:29 PM
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4. Surely a classic that bears reposting
:hi:

RL
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