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How Could Yeats Have Known?

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How Could Yeats Have known?

How could Yeats have known
The second coming
Eighty-five plus years
Down that distant road?

How could Eliot have seen
The waste land
Just a ways ahead
Around that twisted bend?

What prophet seeded
The words they wrote?

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What precognition shaped
The message of their verses?

What oracle prompted
The way they spoke?

What shifting phantom
Touched their sleep with curses?

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The meanings
Of their time

The letters
Of their rhyme

Stood the truth
Of a hoary beast
Waiting patiently
To be unleashed
Upon sad Jerusalem
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Jim Bush is a 67 year old, Vietnam-era veteran, currently living in Texas. He was raised in a military family. His father received the Silver Star for directing troops while under air attack at Clark Field in the Phillipines, survived the Bataan (more...)

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