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  The Prophet
by Paul Williams
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Rated "G" by the Author.

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Being snowed under as I am at the moment, what with re-decorating and research (makes a change). I'm finding it hard to to get my new stuff finished off for posting so to keep you occupied in the meantime here are a couple of re-posts that could do with another airing.

The Prophet

“Apparently people in Rotheram seem to prefer hanging,
a more traditional route for suicide,” that's what he said,
the man in the gutter, who coughed and spluttered
and spoke in an alcoholic stutter.
The Prophet? The Nutter?
with the sun-dried face.

What did he mean? This persona-non-gratis
a collection of rags covered in fleas,
exuding an odour that stank of cheese.
a remnant of a life held together with string.
Special Brew, clinging sloppily, to a well mane'd chin.
I was about to ask, when...

Bloodshot eyes gazed out from deep black holes
and shot a stare that burnt the soul.
Smiling a toothless grin in wizened disgrace,
this prophet? This nutter?
With the sun-dried face

Laughed menacingly, then began to utter...

“They're better off out of it - the dead!
It's all there in ancient texts and sacred scrolls
even in the political ramblings of martyred souls.
The death of your identity, consumed by techno-rapture,
keeping up with a society trying to avoid capture.
Reaching for the singularity betraying the Gods',
you'll get what you deserve you arrogant sods

The foundations of life you know so
well, will melt beneath your feet
in a sea of fire and angry heat.
It's the end of your evolution,
a summary demise
and from the ashes there shall arise...

A new species - led by I 

The Lord of The Flies.”

Said the prophet? The nutter?
With the sun-dried face.

 P Williams ©2001



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Reviewed by M. B. 7/9/2005
THE PROPHET blows me away. This is a dynamic masterpiece. Beautifully wrought.

You are an exceptional writer with a unique perspective.

Reviewed by Richard Christopher Suarez 5/27/2005

Paul the next time you give me your
generous review I'll really jump
for joy because this piece here you've written
is incredible....this is written art!
this one 's outstanding!
Best Wishes',

Rich ( criso )
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 5/26/2005

I missed it the first time 'round, I'm sorry to say. An excellent, thought provoking read--BRAVO! Glad I was around to read it THIS time--I'm saving this to my library so I won't make THAT mistake again!! :) Thanks for sharing--

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)
Reviewed by L. Figgins 5/19/2005
Even more pungent and timely after the second read, Paul. Excellent writing...
Reviewed by Felix Perry 5/18/2005
Still as interesting and vivid as the origianal I'm sure.
Reviewed by George Carroll 5/18/2005
Great airing
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 5/18/2005
Most excellent....damn excellent...thanks for sharing again!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 5/18/2005
Well this is simply awesome! Awesome I say!


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