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  Shaping Time
by Paul Williams
Friday, April 15, 2005
Rated "G" by the Author.

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From small beginings

Shaping Time


The flint-knapper, knees hidden ‘neath hide

chipped  a new axe from time.

Shards of millennia flew wild,

nesting in a ruddy beard that

shaded a face as old as rock…


Clack! Clack! Clack! Stone on stone,

needles and drills from antler and bone.

The cackling campfire spoke in sparks,

whilst nature listened

to the sound of the new found

and shivered.


Eyes that studied stars looked on intelligently.

A knowing smile crossed that cracking face

as sinuously skilled hands fell silent

from shaping the destiny of a race.



P Williams ©2005




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Reviewed by The Smoking Poet 7/1/2005
Brings me back to school field trips to science museums, nose pressed to the glass, wondering, wondering, trying to imagine those long ago days that brought us all to today.
Reviewed by George Carroll 6/3/2005
An outstanding poem that deserves to be in the 100 most treasured poems. Congratulations.
Reviewed by L. Figgins 4/24/2005
You bring ancient history alive, Paul! The imagery is outstanding. I have arrowheads that are a million years old. My father found them near the river. You can hold them in your hand and literally feel time. Allthough they are valuable, I will never part with them. Thank you...
Reviewed by William Cryer 4/23/2005
Splendid visuals in this piece. It reads like a modern Milton--spewing with grandness.
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 4/21/2005
Magic is in the air! Love this write. Very well done, indeed!
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/20/2005

Amazing write that stimulates ALL the senses--devine!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)
Reviewed by Melissa Rives 4/19/2005
Very cool...
Reviewed by Robin Labenberg 4/19/2005
Articulate and strong write...
Reviewed by William Bonilla 4/19/2005
This is a fantastic Poem
You have sculptured here

William ......Peace
Reviewed by Vesna Vanessa 4/19/2005
whilst nature listened

to the sound of the new found

and shivered

exceptional lines Paul..good work!!

Reviewed by Nordette Adams 4/17/2005
Quite thoughtful and thought provoking write here, Sir Paul. Also skillful use of alliteration and onomatopoeia. You shaped the story well. ~~Nordette
Reviewed by Tracey L. O' Very (Reader) 4/17/2005
Excellent Poem of history, all the sounds and thoughts
Nature listened... and shivered.
Amazing poem! They were amazing people.
Thank You so much.
The picture is great and all the tools you show. Thank you
Reviewed by Linda Hill 4/16/2005
Awesome write Paul. Vivid imagery. Your talent shows through.

Reviewed by jude forese 4/16/2005
the images are right on target ...
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 4/16/2005
enjoyed the read
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 4/15/2005
Soul reaching in depth of meaning, Paul. Merci mon ami! Love and peace to you. Regis
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 4/15/2005
love this poem Paul, though have to say the picture's a little freaky to me. nice description and love the clack, clack, clack sound and your last sentence.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/15/2005
Outstanding work Paul! Metaphorical magic brings this to life!

Love, Eileen
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 4/15/2005
OOOOOOooooo!! This neatly takes the mind to places which, to my shame, I need to consider more often than I do. The Romans have always impressed, of course, with their sophistication, but this puts into perspective the "setting apart" of the mind of man for "higher things" right from the beginning... and look what we've done with it?! Yup - both sides of the coin, good and bad. I'm awed by this. And your treatment of the subject does it justice. You are both reliable witness, articulate commentator and poet, Paul... quite a staggering combination... is this the man who was berueing his lack of purpose just a few days' ago?!... :)) Kate xx
Reviewed by Felix Perry 4/15/2005
As Tinka says this is an exceptional write and brings us humbly back from the age of computer to the age of stone.. Well done.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 4/15/2005
Most exceptional write...masterful yet again!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Aberjhani 4/15/2005
Talk about a powerful write! This one shoots straight through the heart and soul like an arrow of explosive unfolding prophecy. Truly exceptional.
Reviewed by Sue Hess 4/15/2005
very good imagery. i enjoyed
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 4/15/2005
A stunning visual you paint with your words...I am keeping a copy of this to put with the splendid collection of arrow heads artifax
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 4/15/2005
Insightful and great desciptions.
Reviewed by Carrie Deveney 4/15/2005
GREAT! This was a great write. Wonderful imagery. :)

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