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  Alchemy
by Paul Williams
Wednesday, March 09, 2005
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Technology for technologies sake and the human condition...a good mix?

Ultima Thule = an unknown far away place, the ends of the Earth.


Alchemy

 

In monolithic modernity

we suffer post imperial malice

having drunk from the chalice

of perpetual prevarication

and become lost in a sea of mediocrity

adrift in aimless sensibility

searching for a cure

 

now in our alchemy

In the light of darkness where

shade and shadow become transposed

 

Tears of glass, fall like serpent rain

from a shattered sky 

Dissolving particles of a crest fallen star

In a crucible of crystal canyons

Bubbling, fizzing, neon circuitry

transmuting our baseness into gold

Sins no longer hidden behind

passionless clouds emerge to watch

the playing of karmic snakes and ladders 

ivory tumbling to find you out.

 

Gathered now in the halls of the ring giver

We wait for tokens of broken fortune

to accompany us to journeys end

Ultima Thule, Where we can reflect

on our fabulous disaster

Then dream some more and perhaps,

map the metaphysical in the parliament of the sun.

 

Paul Williams 2005
 
 
 




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Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen
"the light of darkness"-- so illuminating! Powerfully penned piece. Much enjoyed, Paul.
Reviewed by Kate Clifford
Interesting concepts within this write. Thank you for introducing me to the word, "Ultima Thule"
Reviewed by Nordette Adams
Poetic luminescence! Vous avez fait bien. ~~Nordette
Reviewed by Regis Auffray
Most thought-provoking and meaningful, Paul. Thank you. Love and peace. Regis
Reviewed by Kate Burnside
Stunning and so well-conceived: the imagery and metaphors are "out of this world"!! Great lines: "Tears of glass fall like serpent rain"; "Where we can reflect on our fabulous disaster Then dream some more and perhaps, map the metaphysical in the parliament of the sun". Wow! Outstanding! Iron fist in a velvet glove, sleight of hand like the Great Magician! Really like this, Paul! TY Kate xx
Reviewed by Handsum Hart
Simply smashing!!!
Much to chew on here.

Take care
Reviewed by E T Waldron
This is fantastic prose Paul! I love the clarity of vision
as you delve into improving on the disaster we have made of
things so far!Great work! Hope you have more parts to this one.
love,
eileen
Reviewed by Sherry Gibson
Paul,
An excellent demonstration of what poetry can be! Deep thoughts that makes the reader stop and think abuot what you are saying. Absolutely an astounding use of words and a job to read.

Sherry
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
OMG...that is one great masterpiece you written here Paul!! Deep indeed...did not need the dictionary because the flow of the poem took me there...I am in awe...

Excellent work my friend ;]smile okay!!

Love Chucky~Tinka
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader)
You know this does remind me of something that should be in a story about Merlin.
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader)
In monolithic modernity
we suffer post imperial malice..

Yah, lets get the empire back, and take europe too..
Lets make the worlds maps pink again.
Reviewed by ~Indigo~ Elga
My Dear friend Paul,

Another one of your exceptional writes. A profound poem, giving much food for thought, how humanity believes that anything can be produced, but how often do things go beyond our control is there always an answer or cure? NO... how wrong humanity is, so full of misconceptions. Your third stanza is incredible, could those tears of glass be the test tubes in an imagianed alchemists laboratory?

Great write Paul, as always.

hugs and love
Elga
Reviewed by Chanti Niven
Dear Paul,
This is a magnificent creation. I read it a few times to fully grasp the message. Perhaps I stitched my own meaning into your words but I found it to be deeply philosophical, creative and incredibly expressive. Well done!
Love Chanti
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