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  I see Nothing
by Paul Williams
Thursday, January 20, 2005
Rated "PG" by the Author.

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to die in battle


I See Nothing


The insidious soot of battle clogged the skies,

all around, iridescent embers glowed

amongst the bodies and bloodied blades.

Faces unrecognised were all that showed

deathly grins set these frightening shades.


Is this what itís like when one dies

on the field of battle?

A life ebbed away in a blood-chocked rattle.

The meek and the mighty humbled

By the clash of steel, spear and chariot wheel

Pillars of wisdom crumbled.


And now to sleepÖ


Dressed in swan shift

I chase the morning star

and journey with the sky serpent

to where the dawn begins. 


In the land blessed with breezes

through the fields of Aaru I walk.

Reed topped souls dancing life

back into Weary bones of ivory.

Lifted with ease by hands of

destiny to the source I look, 

Blinded by light

I enter the corridor

of the gods


then see nothing.


© Paul Williams 2005




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Reviewed by Latorial Faison 1/23/2005
I enjoyed this poem. Thanks for reading "Visions" at my den and for leaving comments as well. I am a military spouse. My husband returned from Iraq this year, so I can appreciate the sentiments that you share in this piece. You have a very interesting and pleasing style with words, and I hope that you will continue on and write more and more. You deserve to be read. I teach English also, so that's something else that I can relate to . . . poetry is everything that you say it is. For me it's mostly liberating. Take care. Great poetry.

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Reviewed by Nordette Adams 1/22/2005
Paul, exquisite, powerful, it begs to be read aloud.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/22/2005
Painful truth expressed poetically. Thank you for sharing this offering, Paul. Love and peace. Regis
Reviewed by ~Indigo~ Elga 1/21/2005
Dear Paul,

Superbly written ! very vivid imagery. This certainly leaves a lump in the throat, and tremendous pain in the heart.

Warm hugs
Reviewed by Aberjhani 1/21/2005
Very powerful commentary on the futility of war and the sense of uncertainty regarding spiritual destiny. The imagery here is both vivid and ironic in its contrasts of earthly hell and heavenly questionability. Thought provoking and entertaining.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 1/21/2005
Very well done Paul!!

Love The pic yet again :)!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Tami Ryan 1/20/2005
Excellent opening verse, Paul.
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 1/20/2005
Reminded me of Hamlet.. Nice work..
Reviewed by E T Waldron 1/20/2005
A haunting poem Paul that chills the senses.
Excellent write, and art to match...

Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 1/20/2005
There is a saying that you do not hear the one that kills you and maybe this is a different variation on that same theme.

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