Monday, September 17, 2007

The Approaching Hour

William Carlos Williams wrote this poem in 1939.
The Approaching Hour

You Communists and Republicans!
all you Germans and Frenchmen!
you corpses and quickeners!
The stars are about to melt
and fall on you in tears.

Get ready! Get ready!
you Papists and Protestants!
you whores and you virtuous!
The moon will be bread
and drop presently into your baskets.

Friends and those who despise
and detest us!
Adventists and those who believe
Get ready for the awakening.
What awakening is in store for us today? And are we ready?

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