Glory is half ‘this’ and half ‘that’-
‘this’ dwells in the Buddha heart-
empires go on building-
a laurel in war is won-
red poppies cover the earth-
so now is the time
when ‘that’ wears the crown
and “The ceremony of innocence is drowned.”
Words in quote are from “The Second Coming” by W.B. Yeats
Posted for my prompt ~ Glory @ Poets United Midweek Motif
11 thoughts on “Glory”
Such a powerful ending..so adeptly written
“That” certainly seems to be wearing the crown almost everywhere these days.
Yikes. Thankful for the steadiness of the Buddha’s heart, for the invitation to dwell in the “this”! The Yeats’ line meets the equal power of your words. For some reason Shakespeare pops into my head: “unleash the dogs of war.”
The ceremony of innocence is drowned. Is it ever! Beautiful, Sumana.
“That” might be currently wearing the crown, but it will never rule.
A powerful ending.
The this and the that point to our battling duality. Which side will win this war?
I love your juxtaposition of these words and the way you develope their difference.
We have improved very little since the cavemen days. How well your poem states that with the way glory is presented these days as we glorify ourselves to show how much better we are than others. I can remember an uncle of mine refused the medals he was awarded in WW2 as he didn’t believe what he had to do then was worth praise!
Wow..that was powerful.. fabulous use of the Yeats quote!
This or that. That is winning at the moment but historically this always makes a comeback.
The quote was perfect for your ending.