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Things fall apart ,the centre cannot hold, mere anarchy is loosed upon the world

22 January 2013, 15:10

I thought perhaps today I should recite a bit of poetry. The following extract is taken off W.B Yeats’ poem called the ‘Second Coming’ commonly known as ‘things fall apart, the centre cannot hold’:

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.

I have painful memories of this poem because at my high school years we were made to recite this poem from the top of our minds, and if one failed to complete it then one was subjected to harsh punishment of either the horrific stick or digging a 6 feet hole and covering it up.

One line out of this stanza which stands out of my psyche is   ‘things fall apart the centre cannot hold’     ‘Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world’. It portrays the events and actions we observe and undertake daily.

When we celebrate that kids who achieved 30% in their subjects are able to pass their Grade 12 exams then ‘things fall apart, the centre cannot hold ‘mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.’

If the e-toll defiance campaign and save the rhino campaign are the biggest social campaigns undertook by South Africans, rather than save the black child from hunger, miseducation and abuse- then ‘things fall apart, the centre cannot hold. Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.’

When a debate about black people keeping domestic animals which the president brought to the public domain   or buying a buffalo for R18 million are in the public domain rather than how to build black power and how to rebuild Africa so we do not become this laughing stock of Europeans as only people who live for the moment and exist in the present; then ‘things fall apart, the centre cannot hold. Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.’

When the  2010  world cup was just a play ground for ugly prostitutes-loving tourists but never this golden dream the South Africans were promised, and we continue to be proud of being the play ground of investor thieves and expatriate imperials- then ‘things fall apart, the centre cannot hold. Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.’

When a president of a country decides to build a house for R250 million then his government decides again to break people’s houses in Lenasia- then ‘things fall apart, the centre cannot hold. Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.’

When a man who bought a buffalo for R18 million suddenly becomes a potential leader of this country, then ‘things fall apart; the centre cannot hold. Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.’

To further borrow Mr. W.B. Yeats’ poem, I would like to close with the last part of the Second Coming:

    The darkness drops again but now I know

    That twenty centuries of stony sleep

    Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,

    And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,

for my friend Joe Di Josa

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