Another “Second Coming”

In which I write something again that another person named Yeats already wrote, but using only the ten hundred most used words we write with


Turning and turning in the wind that’s going around wider all the time
The flying animal that people use to catch other animals with can’t hear the person who usually tells it what to do.
Things get fucked up; the middle can’t hold;
The world is full of people who think any other people should not be able to tell them what to do,
Nothing is holding back the big body of water that is coming up and is colored a little by blood, and all over the place
The party for people who have never done anything wrong is covered by the water;
The best don’t know what to do or why they should even do anything, while the worst
Are very sure about what they are doing, and care about it a lot.

I’m sure someone is soon going to tell us something very important that we would never know if they didn’t tell us;
I’m sure the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Almost as soon are those words are out
A very, very big picture I saw in a book about the deep meaning of the world
Troubles my sight: somewhere in a place that is covered with fine bits of rock, where little rain falls,
Something with the body of a great cat and the head of a man,
And with a gaze that, just like the sun, doesn’t show any feeling and doesn’t care about people,
Is moving its slow legs, while all about it
The shadows of the pissed off flying animals from that place are moving around in a way that is hard to follow.

Then it gets dark again; but now I know
That twenty hundred years of sleep that was like the kind of sleep a rock has
Were bothered to the point of bad dreams by a baby’s rocking bed.
And what animal that is not finished yet, its hour come round at last,
Is walking in a tired way towards the town where people say the son of God was from, so that it can also be from there?


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The fascination


The fascination of what’s difficult
Worked out all right for you, it seems, old man,
As when Blavatsky’s esoteric cult
Helped you parse George’s automatic hand–

And who would doubt that Truth herself was caught
Dumbfounded in your raveled Celtic knot?


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The Second Coming (Variations on a Theme by Yeats)

(after William Butler Yeats and James Harbeck)


First Gyre

The falcon circled, then flew off; the falconer was pissed.
Well, what did he expect she’d do, with everything so dis

Second Gyre

There’s a book I read, predicted this: come
the millenium, and things would fall apart, get discom

Third Gyre

As you see: just look at this rum job:
A riddling monster, shambling through the sand, has discombob
-ulated the indignant birds.

Fourth Gyre

Brother, it’s a bad job—who
can stand to swim? The bloody tide’s so loose and discombobu

Fifth Gyre

While the best lack all conviction, haters hate;
No wonder everything’s so fucking discombobulat

Sixth Gyre

It’s been more than twenty centuries our end’s been fated:
And now it seems the whole damned world is discombobulated.


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