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14 September 2010 @ 09:56 am
Not a particular comment; I just like the poem.  
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 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?

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browngirl on September 14th, 2010 02:11 pm (UTC)
I like this poem too. :)
aedificaaedifica on September 14th, 2010 02:27 pm (UTC)
So many things I suddenly realize are references to this poem!
Jim Hetleyjhetley on September 14th, 2010 02:32 pm (UTC)
Usually when I post that one, it *is* a particular comment . . .
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Janet Miles, CAP-OM: avatarjanetmiles on September 14th, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry; do I know you or do we have friends in common? If you don't mind my asking, how did you happen to find my LJ?