Thursday, March 6, 2008
"...the world has become a museum"
Then wind cheered like a hero in the tackle of the standing ships
And hurled them bravely on the swords and lances of the wintry sea—
While wisdom turned to salt upon the broken piers.
This is the way the ministers have killed the truth,
Steps lead back into the rooms we fear to enter;
Our minds are bleaker than the hall of mirrors:
And the world has become a museum.
From Iphigenia: Politics by Thomas Merton, 1944. Read the complete poem here.
The myth of Iphigenia can be found here.
The Sacrifice of Iphigenia, Jan Havicksz. Steen, 1671 (detail). Image from Rijksmuseum.