Plus ça change, . . .

                                             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: a waste of desert sand;
                            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
                            Wind 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, 1919

                        Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.. .

                        The rich are still with us, as are the poor,

                        and the rest of us are just getting trickled on.

                                         - Rich Latimer , 2014 welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on