William Butler Yeats – 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 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?

(Dedicated to the economic crisis…)


William Butler Yeats


5 responses to “William Butler Yeats – The Second Coming

  1. Economic crisis is right…lately I’m hearing that the problem has spread to Europe as well. 
    How’s the Master’s?  I’m sure you’re doing well – it’s the perfect study for the current state of world affairs.  😉

  2. It seems to have taken about a year for it to get to Europe – we’ve been experiencing this here for about a year.  I think (?) it was about a year ago that the effect of so many ‘nina’ (‘no income no assets’) mortgages began to show effect.

  3. re:  regulation
    I agree with you 100%.  Since 2000, in the US, there has been a steady decline of regulation and everytime another step gets taken toward deregulation, something catastrophic happens – remember Enron?  That entire debacle was a result of energy deregulation.  The idea that business can regulate itself is naive.  Or, that’s what I think.  Sorry  – I don’t mean to rant and rave!  😉

  4. Prosperity and longevity to you too!
    The pictures…hahaha…most of them are of animals.  I’m not sure if this says good things or bad things about my family.  Hahahaha…

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