The Second Coming, Sandwich Edition

By William Butler Eats.

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Turning and turning in the widening gyro


The kebab cannot hear the kebaber;


Wraps fall apart; the centre cannot hold;


Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,


The mayonnaise-soaked tide is loosed, and everywhere


The ceremony of flavor is drowned;


The best lack all Hellman's, while the worst


Are full of passionate viscosity.



Surely some indigestion is at hand;


Surely the Sandwich Coming is at hand.


The Sandwich Coming! Hardly are those words out


When a vast image out of Subway


Troubles my sight: somewhere in vats of the linoleum counter


A shape with a meatball sub body and the head of an Italian BMT,


A bread hellscape blank and pitiless as the sun,


Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it


Reel shadows of the soggy footlongs.


The meatballs drop again; but now I know


That twenty centuries of heartburn


Were vexed to nightmare by an ice cream scoop full of tuna salad,


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


Slouches towards Bethleham to be born?