SECTION SEVENTEEN
POETRY PAGE TWO 

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COLUMN NINETY, MAY 1, 2003
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(Copyright 1998 Myles Aronowitz)

THE REFORMATION*
to Cheney, Ashcroft, Rumsfield, & Bush Jr.
the Fathers Who Art Round(Heads)

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre will not hold;
The power-mongers are loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst 
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely The Reformation is at hand.
The Reformation! Hardly are those words out
When vast images of Oliver Cromwell and J. Edgar Hoover
Trouble my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
Four shapes with Round bodies Round heads
Gazes blank and pitiless as the sun
Are moving their slow thighs, while all about them
Reel shadows of indignant Republicans and The Christian Coalition.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by The Reformation,
And what rough beasts, their hour come Round at last,
Slouch towards Washington D.C. to be born?

*with help from W.B. Yeats  ##

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