Excerpts from “The Waste Land” by T.S. Eliot

I have heard the key T. S. Eliot's The Wasteland
Turn in the door once and turn once only
We think of the key, each in his prison
Thinking of the key, each confirms a prison

 

After the torchlight red on sweaty faces
After the frosty silence in the gardens
After the agony in stony places
The crying and the shouting
Prison and place and reverberation
Of thunder of spring over distant mountains
He was living is now dead
We who were living are now dying
With a little patience

 

April is the cruelest month, breeding
lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
memory and desire, stirring
dull roots with spring rain.