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Roger Bacon's Vision
by Constance M Gotsch
Sunday, June 20, 2004
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I visited Oxford several years ago, and took a guided tour of the back streets. At one corner, we stopped where the monk, Roger Bacon may have taught in the 1270s. He was jailed for experimenting with gun powder, and predicting that one day boats would travel without sails, carts would go without horses, and -- horrors -- we would all fly. The Aussies, Yanks, and Canadians in the crowd chuckled because we had all arrived on jets. When the tour ended, I walked back to the main street and heard an unistakable sound. Glancing way down the lanes of traffic to a copse of trees, I saw Roger Bacon's Vision

“If man doth throw a stick,”

Ladies and gentlemen,
Flight Zero-Zero-Zero-Two from Kennedy
To London’s Heathrow
is ready for boarding.
Please extinguish all smoking materials at
this time.

“So shall the power of man’s arm be transmuted to the stick...”

Ladies and gentlemen,
Flight Zero-Zero-Zero-Two is ready for
Please make sure your seat belts are
Your seat back is upright,
and your tray-tabes are locked.

“...And so shall the stick fly across the earth.”

Ladies and gentlemen,
this is Captain Lockhard speaking--
We’re cruising along at about 35,000 feet.
We'll land at Heathrow about nine a.m.
London time.
Sit back and enjoy your flight.

“And if the stick be big enough, so
shall man ride up[on it
I know not why it cannot be.”

Ladies and gentlemen,
for flight Zero-Zero-Zero-Two’s staff
Welcome to London’s Heathrow Airport
It’s 9:15 am.

For my thought of sticks I sat jailed;
Scorned by the Middle Ages:
A monk despised by Franciscan Friends,
rotting in my Oxford cell.

Cold, alone, staring at the street, my heart
forsook my silly thought.
‘Til the urchin’s stick flew quickly past. I
knew once more what well might come.

You ride that stick o’er my jail’s place and
scoff at what they did to me.
But think:
For what strange thoughts do you judge
And make them rejects, much like me?

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Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 4/5/2007

Reading this outstanding poetic-historic composition I was taken on vision on wings of imagination, and twenty centuries of history made to order and by order of... Back on my own: "Roger Bacon's Vision" brings a mind's stimulating aroma that invites one to think of freedom and humanity.

I thank You for sharing Your jewels.

I salute You, Poet.

In admiration,

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Judy Meeker 6/17/2006
Did you really have the vision? If so, I believe you. I have also seen things that people say I should not be seeing. I enjoyed this write. It made me pause to think what the future may hold years from now. I believe people will be living on many planets. Just between you and me, I think they do now!
God bless you,
Judy Meeker
Reviewed by N/A none (Reader) 2/2/2006
Very nice, very apt, and very original...a curious blend of past and future that plops me down right here, right now. The next time I ride upon a stick I'll think of Roger Bacon, the man of a thousand dreams, and perhaps I too will dream a dream, "perchance to sleep no more". Thank you. john
Reviewed by Mary Lynn Plaisance 12/28/2005
I wish I could do this! I can't write poetry unless it rhymes and I love this! It is brilliant.

Mary Lynn~
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 10/31/2005
B r i l l i a n t
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 5/3/2005
Clever...and Bacon had vision, unfortuantely for the peasants.

Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 3/28/2005
It is insight such as this which cause thinkers to pause and look beyond. You have just paused and looked . . .
Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 2/24/2005
clap clap clap....outstanding n luck....BHUWAN!!!
Reviewed by Leland Waldrip 1/17/2005
Excellent thought provoking piece, Connie.
Best regards,
Reviewed by S. Ganguli Prometheus_Media 12/28/2004
You might enjoy some of the older monasteries in India/Ireland.
Nice poem.
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 11/7/2004
A creative, intriguing poem, Constance, with a good punch at the end. Yes, the world still scoffs at visionaries and sometimes jails them too. ;-) Well crafted. Thanks for dropping by my den. It's always good to see a new name.
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 11/2/2004
Powerful ending with a great question. I see world peace and I am scoffed at.

Love the way your created and delivered such wise thoughts.
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 9/27/2004

Top drawer writting that fulfills the reader's wants and desires - wonderful!

Reviewed by Regis Auffray 8/19/2004
This is inspiring and makes the reader want to know more about the person to whom you are paying tribute in your verses, Constance. Thank you for this offering. Love and peace. Regis
Reviewed by Thomas Lanechanger 6/26/2004
Outstanding write, Poet!!!
Reviewed by Jane Rodway 6/20/2004
GREAT POINT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Loved this- love Oxford, too, but that is besides the point. I stood in Oxford outside Magdalen, pleased with myself that I'd made it to where my idol, Oscar Wilde, went to school. This is such great work:)
Reviewed by Anthony Hall 6/20/2004
Constance, excellent and inspiring. Not only do I want to discover more about Roger Bacon, but I am also compelled to re-examine my own opinionated bias when it comes the 'strange thoughts' of friends that I may be unfairly judging...thank you for the reminder,

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