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Be Angry At The Sun

By Jim Kirwan


Part 1, The Journey, kirwan

Be Angry At The Sun ­ by permission from Random House

That public men publish falsehoods
Is nothing new. That America must accept
Like the historical republics corruption and empire
Has been known for years.

Be angry at the sun for setting
If these things anger you. Watch the wheel slope and turn,
They are all bound on the wheel, these people, those warriors.
This republic, Europe, Asia.

Observe them gesticulating,
Observe them going down. The gang serves lies, the passionate
Man plays his part; the cold passion for truth
Hunts in no pack.

You are not Catullus, you know,
To lampoon these crude sketches of Caesar. You are far
From Dante's feet, but even farther from his dirty
Political hatreds.

Let boys want pleasure, and men
Struggle for power, and women perhaps for fame,
And the servile to serve a Leader and the dupes to be duped.
Yours is not theirs.

Robinson Jeffers 1941

Shine Perishing Republic” by permission Random House

While this America settles in the mold of its vulgarity,
Heavily thickening to empire,
And protest, only a bubble in the molten mass, pops
And sighs out, and the mass hardens,

I sadly smiling remember that the flower fades to make
fruit, the fruit rots to make earth.
Out of the mother; and through the spring exultances,
ripeness and decadence; and home to the mother.

You making haste on decay; not blameworthy;
Life is good, be it stubbornly long or
Suddenly a mortal splendor: meteors are not needed less
Than mountains: shine, perishing republic

But for my children, I would have them keep their distance
From the thickening center; corruption
Never has been compulsory, when the cities lie at the
monster’s feet there are left the mountains.

And boys, be in nothing so moderate as in love of man,
A cleaver servant, insufferable master.
There is a trap that catches noblest spirits, that caught
-they say-God, when he walked on earth.

Robinson Jeffers, 1925


Because there is a relevance between the images of so long ago and what has happened to the world because of the last 65 years of WAR, brought upon us by the Shadow-Government of the US and Israel ­ this cycle of death and destruction needs to end before it ends the entire world.

These two images and the poems that fostered them, came from articles I wrote in 2007. The articles have disappeared but the images from the triptych and the poems published in 1973 still remain.



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