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  Prometheus Unwired
by Paul Williams
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Rated "G" by the Author.

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This is an oldie that has been re-jigged slightly, taken from the collection of narrative poems, 'Tales from the Apocalypse' which hopefully should be published before the years end.

Prometheus Unwired


In nameless mountains with snow-nippled peaks,

a frightened child was born in a chamber of freaks.

Extracted from a cryogenic womb

that shone in geometric light

was the first born of darkness

the prince of night…

Created by desire and greed

and for some superficial military need 

was a biomechanical, thinking weapon.

A genetically enhanced, alien half-breed

– Project X…a friend to man… a friend indeed?

Wired to computers in umbilical suspension

a life was fed.

Cybernetic programmer’s nurturing their joy,

unaware they’d soon be dead.

Something went wrong – a programming error


Creation and computer became a newfound terror.


Creation uncontained, killed unrestrained

washing walls in rivers of blood red rain

whilst sirens screamed the executioner’s song.

Human ingenuity managed to contain the monstrous

menace they’d created

but if they thought they’d won – they thought wrong. 


Project X was lost.

The deaths were kept secret

and so was the cost.

Man, monster or machine?

The question the creators pondered

While ‘It’, was sealed in a deep

black tomb and wondered – why?


Super-weapon and mankind’s friend

had time to contemplate a suitable end.

Waiting in the hiss of ultra-sonic silence

to bring sweet revenge.


What the human race had sired,

thought of its creators and what

they desired.

It would grant them their wish

and bring them the fire… 

just like Prometheus – Unwired.


P. Williams ©2003

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Reviewed by Andree Heming 2/12/2007
I have had this same vision since I was a child. So much truth, a wonderful creation of the, 'real'. Thank you for creating that which we all at sometime must feel. Good luck with book Andree
Reviewed by Carmen Ruggero 11/2/2005
This is outstanding, Paul. A tale which touches reality deeper thank I care to think about.

Carmen :-)
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 8/16/2005
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 8/3/2005
Man gains knowledge but grows no wiser. A spine tingling write, Paul, that has a prophetic ring. ~~Nordette
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 7/30/2005
What will the future holds for us mankind? Is it going to be MATRIX? in the movie, MATRIX. Everyone's life is controlled by the computer?...Only when you become a rebel, then you can see the real world?

Just curious, are we in MATRIX already?...Are we all rebels just because we are here in the real world already, trying to understand what went wrong with the computer systems that we were in?

Which one is the real world? The one inside the computer, or the one that we are living in now?

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 7/30/2005
Chilling and compelling account, Paul. Thank you. Love and peace. Regis
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 7/29/2005
The paradox of man. Perfectly told.
Good luck with being published old chap...
Reviewed by E T Waldron 7/28/2005
Outstanding Paul! You do this so well, it is a joy to read, ad I'm so glad you will have a book coming soon! Bravo! Congrats too;-)!
Reviewed by jude forese 7/28/2005
great concept and delivery ...
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 7/28/2005
Truly enjoyed this chilling and captivating poetic tale, Paul - and I truly believe that mankind will somedaby bring about its own destruction with mis-guided technology.
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 7/28/2005
This sends chills right through me, Paul. I reckon that so much DOES indeed go on in subterranean bunkers somewhere, that would scare us witless if we only knew the half. Genetic engineering and cloning is bad enough. God alone knows what hell-horrors we are giving birth to and storing up for the future... on the hand, Jerry is right: we have to count our blessings for the WONDERFUL benefits we enjoy from the mind and scientific development of man. And I have to say, your new biog pic ALWAYS makes me smile - it's pert and vibrant; I like it lots! Anyway, that's just by-the-by, but I am so pleased you are publishing - who have you managed to knobble?! Ha, ha, bonk... just jealous cos one of me own peer group at college has been accepted by the literary establishment, and another has been commissioned, so reckon I'd do well to just get back to the washing up... Bein a bit of a Promethea here, and doin a bit of shape-shiftin... This is an acute and wire-up write, for sure! TY Kate xx Yeah, Babe - take a break: 2hrs to Malaga on el cheapo Easyjet, 2hrs drive down to Tarifa, you can sleep on the beach no probs and smell the scents of Africa wafting on the breeze - to be recommended for sure! :)) But you gotta laugh at the Guardia Civil roaring about, trying to pick up the hundreds of Moroccans heading for shore across in their little rowing boats! Our first line of European defence against illegal immigration... another ha, ha, bonk!
Reviewed by Felix Perry 7/27/2005
This one reads like a great sci fi movie and I would love to see it on the big screen. Hope you post more of this nature.

Reviewed by ~Indigo~ Elga 7/27/2005
Dear Paul,

Yes indeed and all for what? Mankind does like to mess with the unknown, agreed that it is progression, but progression should also include the knowledge of a "fix" so is mankind so wise? Brilliant write and thought provoking.

warmest hugs my friend ;)
Reviewed by Richard Christopher Suarez 7/27/2005

you are really a genius, and this one's grand!
Rich Criso Suarez
Reviewed by George Carroll 7/27/2005
Karla seems to have used up all my adjectives, so I will say I enjoyed this very creative poem of yours.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/27/2005

An excellent, ingenius, thought provoking write, masterfully penned. BRAVO!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)
Reviewed by Sandra Mushi 7/27/2005
Woow!! I am lost for words! Such creativity and ingenuity! Absolutely wonderful write, Paul!

God bless,

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 7/27/2005
Excellent write... mastefully composed... I am always standing in awe reading your poetry!!


Love Tinka
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 7/27/2005
Human engineering. What they have wrought with this killing machine. Still, alongside the killers in our midst we also have almost perfected the "Fountain of Youth," keeping people alive and vibrant long after time for them to expire. So, although we tend to do the wrong thing at times, we do so much more that is good. sorry about going on and on, I really did like this poem.
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