For your consideration: The Past Is Prologue

 

 

(Ripped from YouTube thanks Posters!)

 

The Hollow Men

We are the hollow men

We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats’ feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar

Shape without form, shade without colour,
Paralysed force, gesture without motion;

Those who have crossed
With direct eyes, to death’s other Kingdom
Remember us-if at all-not as lost
Violent souls, but only
As the hollow men
The stuffed men.

II

Eyes I dare not meet in dreams
In death’s dream kingdom
These do not appear:
There, the eyes are
Sunlight on a broken column
There, is a tree swinging
And voices are
In the wind’s singing
More distant and more solemn
Than a fading star.

Let me be no nearer
In death’s dream kingdom
Let me also wear
Such deliberate disguises
Rat’s coat, crowskin, crossed staves
In a field
Behaving as the wind behaves
No nearer-

Not that final meeting
In the twilight kingdom

III

This is the dead land
This is cactus land
Here the stone images
Are raised, here they receive
The supplication of a dead man’s hand
Under the twinkle of a fading star.

Is it like this
In death’s other kingdom
Waking alone
At the hour when we are
Trembling with tenderness
Lips that would kiss
Form prayers to broken stone.

IV

The eyes are not here
There are no eyes here
In this valley of dying stars
In this hollow valley
This broken jaw of our lost kingdoms

In this last of meeting places
We grope together
And avoid speech
Gathered on this beach of the tumid river

Sightless, unless
The eyes reappear
As the perpetual star
Multifoliate rose
Of death’s twilight kingdom
The hope only
Of empty men.

V

Here we go round the prickly pear
Prickly pear prickly pear
Here we go round the prickly pear
At five o’clock in the morning.

Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow
For Thine is the Kingdom

Between the conception
And the creation
Between the emotion
And the response
Falls the Shadow
Life is very long

Between the desire
And the spasm
Between the potency
And the existence
Between the essence
And the descent
Falls the Shadow
For Thine is the Kingdom

For Thine is
Life is
For Thine is the

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

-TS Elliot

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About henrywest


4 responses to “For your consideration: The Past Is Prologue

  • henrywest

    Thanks Likers I really appreciate your Likes. I’ve been thinking about Vonnegut lately, well I think about his books all the time, if you know his work you know of Kilgore Trout. I just finished his last novel Timequake in it he has a great quote. Trout said You’ve been asleep for a long time. It’s time to wake up, you’ve got work to do. (paraphrased) That’s kind of what I am feeling lately.

  • Sabiscuit

    It would be kind of sad if all of this ended with a whimper. We have so much to learn and a far way to go before we evolve.

    • henrywest

      So True! I often feel that we are here to be a witness for the Universe. If we destroy ourselves, who will tell the story? Though I do not have a negative futurist point of view. I believe we will survive and survive well. Dystopian ideals that are so popular but I don’t believe that is our future. We will bring human life to the Universe. Our immediate task is to figure out how to get along with each other.

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