Losing Our Way

Hans Hofmann pinterest.com

Hans Hofmann   pinterest.com

Have we lost our way
we who once died for liberty
now all turned into libertines
whose god is our belly
whose power our god

Is there such a tyranny
as harsh as obsession with self
a castle of bones behind a gate
our Paradise secured
by a fear of terrorists

How tall we felt then
when with nothing but a dream
we worked alongside the others
with but their dreams
a world without gates

See how we divided
ourselves into success & failure
our victories but others’ defeats
like jersey`ed players
in stadiums of greed

Have we lost our way
we who now seem forever willing
to bend the truth to suit our ends
until we’ll swear to lies
to re`crucify the Christ

“Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is 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.” ~ W.B. Yeats


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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9 Responses to Losing Our Way

  1. thefeatheredsleep says:

    I loved this and the accompanying Yeats


    • Thank you, Candice . . . Yes, the Yeats’ poem from which this quote comes is a telling indictment of the times!

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      • thefeatheredsleep says:

        It really is and I admit I had not ever read that particular one, I thought you did a terrific job of inspiration on top of his writings, I love it when a good writer like yourself attempts this, i admire your abilities tremendously my friend


  2. “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” – in this I believe – but, yet, I think Yeats got it wrong in those final 2 lines


  3. crow says:

    Wonderful piece. And Yeats is always an inspiration. In fact, he snuck a phrase in my poem last night. Good stuff.


  4. Really great image: “like jersey`ed players / in stadiums of greed”.


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