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BRUSSELS PARIS ISIS TRUMP CRUZ


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?

William Butler Yeats
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hey Gary,

Magnificent poem, always riveting and, sadly,
always relevant.

Hope all's well with you,

best

Chris
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Hey, Christine.

I have missed you all. Unfortunately, my computer crapped out some time ago so I have not been able to visit for a while.
Please say hi to Tere. Libramoon, et al.

Gary

P.S. It's been almost ten years since we've been talking, hasn't it?

Many changes: unemployed, retired, on Social Security, [sign in to see URL], you know.

(punctuation smiley face HERE!)
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Posted on August 28, 2014 by libramoon
 
 
Caging the Beast
“call me after the Rapture” I
post on religious social network
sites.
Have you read Yeats’ “Second Coming”?
After the prophecy
After the hard, hard rain
after the rainbow
Call me. We should get together.



BREAKING BRED

Posted on August 29, 2014 by libramoon
 
 
 
 
Ravenous,
born from boiling seas.
Holy Beast rampages, rises beneath
broken surface;
exhales snarling flame,
riotous burning blame,
wreaks tidal waves that never quench
roil of fire.
All our desires embroil, enslave
in thrall of poison spit.
We can’t allow comfort, nor encourage
scored hearts to heal,
not while we steal your ire
to fatten rich nests.
Believe your cause excessively blessed.
Believe you are doing your best
to be as Creation demands.
Believe you are worthless
beyond condemnation
unless you are taking the stand
prescribed and admired.
If you aspire to anything higher
you must carry the brand
on your forehead or hand,
must be willing to kill
in the name of fealty,
to fulfill the prophecy.
to feed the Beast.
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Hi Gary,

Ten years!!??!! Retired sounds way more comfortable than unemployed--so I hope it's that. Glad you have a computer or access to one again because it's good to hear from you.

Hey Libra,

Happy Easter and hope it's a good one,

best to you both,

Chris
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Excellent poems, Libra. It's uncanny how Yeats’ observations from nearly 100 years ago are so relevant today. I’m not a religious person, but I'm beginning to wonder about that Armageddon thing.

Well, I don’t exactly remember when Delectable Mountains first started, but I believe I first met Terreson in 2006 on the [sign in to see URL] site. It’s kind of funny how I first encountered Poetry blogs on the internet. In 2005 I submitted my first book to the Pulitzer Prize competition. I learned that Ted Kooser was one of the judges. Since my poetry was Nature oriented/bucolic and, in my opinion, also modern and conceptual in design, I figured I was a shoo-in.

I didn’t win, but the press release announcing Claudia Emerson as the 2006 winner also noted that she had been selected by Ted Kooser as the winner of the Witter Bynner award some time earlier. I was outraged. First of all, Witter Bynner was a personal hero due to his translation of the Tao Te Ching, so I noticed this ‘coincidence’. Hmmm, I wondered, isn’t it interesting that the guy who was on the Pulitzer nominating committee also knew the winner personally and had actually picked this individual for a previous award.

I went to Google and looked up ‘poetry scandals’. I then discovered Foetry, which at the time was all about Jorie Graham having selected her husband as a prize winner somewhere. At any rate, there was nothing about Kooser or Emerson, but the rest is history. I found Harriet (Poetry Foundation), Silliman, [sign in to see URL], et. al. and met Terreson. I’ve been checking in ever since. Unfortunately, everybody’s on Facebook now or out of the comment business. It has, however, been a long time since I first met Tere and the rest of you.

Jeez…now I’m starting to feel old.
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