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High Plains Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:00 PM
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William Butler Yeats on Mideast Affairs
Slouching Toward Bethlehem

W.B Yeats

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?
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High Plains Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:31 PM
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1. Hmm, sounds kind of like DU GD these days:
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.
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:38 PM
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4. That sounds more like a Viagra ad.
:evilgrin:
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Jacobin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:32 PM
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2. Kipling said it best
"East is east and West is west, and never the twain shall meet"
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elehhhhna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:35 PM
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3. k&r. My fave. A most chilling poem.
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