Wednesday, November 09, 2016

What rough beast?

What rough beast?
a brazen winged beast which I associated with laughing, ecstatic destruction" (W. B. Yeats on his poem, The Second Coming).
"The good want power, but to weep barren tears.
The powerful goodness want: worse need for them.
The wise want love, and those who love want wisdom;
And all best things are thus confused to ill."
~ Prometheus Unbound by P. B. Shelley
Lines that most probably inspired:
The best lack all conviction, while the worst   
Are full of passionate intensity. 
In any event,
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, 
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere   
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;” 

Rome fell and centuries of darkness followed. Will it take centuries, or at least one lifetime, to see love, goodness, wisdom, peace prevail again?

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