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27 January 2017

No, Old Men – Things Fail to Fall Apart (and that's the trouble)

When we neglect our country,
monuments tatter.
The holy gyre is revealed
as turning by artifice.
Drowsy in our anarchy,
we fail to see, in the centre
of the incoming tide,
the waste it carries. We turn
even oceans to desert. Pitiless 
and without ceremony, how 
we debauch earth’s innocence.


In Get Listed! today, at 'imaginary garden with real toads', we are asked to use at least three words from two poems by Yeats (Sailing to Byzantium and The Second Coming) in a poem of our own. I used all the words, in the order given, and in keeping with Yeats's despairing view of the world in the poems cited. The words are: 

neglect
country
monuments
tatter
holy
gyre
artifice
drowsy

anarchy
centre (center)
tide
waste
desert
pitiless
ceremony
innocence

14 comments:

  1. That's incredible..all the words and in that order too! Wow!

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  2. Wow, Rosemary, you've used all the words in the order of the lists!

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  3. Incredible!!! you turned it into a wordle

    much love...

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    1. Ha ha, I have been avoiding them, thinking it would be too difficult.And now I have gone and done it inadvertently!

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  4. My goodness this is absolutely incredibly penned Rosemary!! You rock :D

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  5. This packs a solid punch, Rosemary. Well done.

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  6. Pitiless and without ceremony, how
    we debauch earth’s innocence.

    All in the name of progress when it is the outcome of greed by politicians and corporate entities!

    Hank

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  7. Very smart! Taking all the words is a potential pitfall to poor poetry. You've handsomely avoided that and crafted an excellent and pertinent piece.

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  8. All too true I'm afraid. You did do a marvelous job with the words.

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  9. Yes, I wonder if the tide will turn before we drown.

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  10. You turned those words into a powerful statement. Wonderfully done!

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  11. Impressive! To convert these words into s powerful message in verse

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  12. Very nicely written, Rosemary, really good with the words. You have nailed our problem to come. I see them on TV, old men in dark suits trying to run the country. I see too many generals on the "news" programs, one like them is too many, we have several.
    ..

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  13. Such fine crafting... This is a verbal slap to awaken us.

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