Second Coming

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)


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.

Published in 1920. My point being ,we’ve been here before. How those last two lines resonate today. But for the record both the US and the UK stock markets  went up yesterday. As they normally do when the pollsters calculate that the end of the world is inevitable.

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2 Responses to Second Coming

  1. Wim Denslagen says:

    But where and how can we escape?

  2. Nick Leslie says:

    And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
    Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

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