The Second Coming…

Turning and turning in the widening gyre   
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the center 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 a 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 1919

Published by M.

Artist from North Eastern Pennsylvania

8 thoughts on “The Second Coming…

      1. Looking back I think it was kinda fun but as it was happening it was just another extra credit mark…. I dont think I even fully understood what the poem was about, come think of it… I wonder if our literature teacher even did and back then couldn’t just Google the meaning of something and get some sort of answer from the internet…
        To make it more Afrocentric we also studied a literature novel by Chinua Achebe Things Fall Apart which references the line about the center cannot hold…. Our interpretation was very literal

        ~B

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