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Poor Beast!
MS (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Poor Beast!

because of the foolishness of
your heart
you broke your head as you bang
it against a wall

look at you in the mirror
how pitiful is your state
how unreasonable have you become
and it is not even love, not
even love, but lust, yes lust.
lust, lust, lust, poor beast!

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And the bird will come with what the hearts desire! Arabic saying. GS
Quick answer before I check details: 6th century AD/CE; Southern Britain still pagan, but King Edgar of Kent has Christian wife via Northumbria and Ireland. Pope Benedict the? th sends St Augustine (not the famous one) to convert England. Chats to King, using poetic (!) metaphor of swallow passing through lighted room, i.e. life, from out of darkness back to darkness. King digs metaphysical significance, announces Kent converted to Christianity. MS thought aha haiku there (or new poncy name trelina) . Full marks to Andrew and John for swooping (!) on other symbolic references, and to Uriah for poetic response.
quite surreal, I presume the signifance of the swallow is symbolic...Eliot used the swallow (in 'The Wasteland') as redemption from 'the arid plain'...the mute Philomela is transformed into her swallow in Ovid...and didn't Dante have a swallow in 'Purgatory' singing sad songs at dawn? the biblical allusion to the swallow, is strong. The swallow usually signifies spring. took this to be about 'The Last Supper' as well.
I don't think I understand it, but I do think I like it.