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  An Age in Retrospect
by Paul Williams
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Rated "G" by the Author.

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Another re-post from 'Tales from the Apocalypse' that looks at last century and it's legacy...we see, but we do nothing.

Please forgive my prolonged absences, I do try and read you all as mush as possible...I hope to be back posting on a regular basis soon.

An Age in Retrospect (Take One)


We went to the moon did we?

Reality obscured by time.

The 20th Century, cinematic in its achievement

a hundred years worthy of celluloid rhyme.

A mise-en-scene of conflict and grief,

technological advancement and ways to give relief.

Framing the fortunes of the few in a visual media crime -

for 75 million others - it was just their time.

Awarded a montage of ideologies and the final solution.

For best director and supporting cast,

and a disturbing, ugly, evolution.



P. Williams 2002



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Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 4/9/2006

Profound messages in "An Age in Retrospect". A poetic accomplishment of the twenty-first century.

Keep posting Your Jewels to enrich the treasure of Poetry.

Thank You.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 12/2/2005
That was just to send a few people to the moon, put there a flag, came back, then nothing...

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sanide Angel :o)
Reviewed by Shoma Mittra 11/28/2005
You have encapsulated the essence of the last few decades in a dew strokes. Sets you thinking, those lines - 'Awarded a montage of ideologies and the final solution.
For best director and supporting cast,
and a disturbing, ugly, evolution.' I am not sure if all of it was ugly tho- but I do get what you mean.:-) Enjoyed this re-post of yours. -shoma

Reviewed by Nordette Adams 11/28/2005
Our priorities do seem a bit scrambled. Much love to you, Paul.
Reviewed by Chanti Niven 11/27/2005
Thanks for all your support of my poetry Paul. I feel like a poor friend for not taking the time (before now) to respond to yours. I'm so glad that you've taken the time to repost a selection of your poems. You have so much talent and a wealth of inspiration to draw upon. Looking forward to more from you...
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 11/25/2005
This gives one a real incentive to ponder, Paul. Thank you. Love and peace to you.

Reviewed by Tracey L. O' Very (Reader) 11/23/2005
Great Poem Paul! I don't believe we've had men on the moon. Never have. Super thinking poem! Love it!
Happy Thanksgiving!
Tracey xoox(c :)42
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 11/23/2005
Absolutely, Paul... in retrospect, "One gigantic leap for mankind, one small step for (ordinary) man... in totally the wrong direction". Suppression of information is an evil in itself, as is the failure to act upon it. This is a totally scarey thought and rather tooooo close to all our bones, I think. Having invented the wheel, why don't we use it to go forwards instead of back? When the whole world is fed, clothed, watered and has CHOICE, then that will be progress and a Brave New World indeed... but it is a slow train comin, init?? Rather than a rocket to the moon.... LOL and TY Kate xx
Reviewed by Paul Williams 11/22/2005
Hi Debashish,
Thank you for your kind words, the '75 million others' I refer too are the 75 million souls consumed by conflict in the 20th Century.

all the best
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 11/22/2005
good alliteration and quite thought-provoking. Dawn
Reviewed by Felix Perry 11/22/2005
Very interesting and intrique thoughts provoking the questioning minds here. This certainly makes one pause and think and...remember.

Reviewed by jude forese 11/22/2005
an interesting progression of thought leading to its conclusion ...
Reviewed by E T Waldron 11/22/2005
Excellent Paul, Gives a lot to ponder! I'm always glad to read you so keep posting, whenever you can!;-)

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 11/22/2005
Excellent write....something to chew on for sure Chuck!!

Love Tinks

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 11/22/2005
A mise-en-scene of conflict and grief,

That sadly summarizes the last 100 years very well, Paul.
Reviewed by Debashish Haar 11/22/2005
This is a very good capsule holding our evolution(if that is the terminology!) over the last 100 years. Showmanship has grown, prospered, we have been to the moon and have been trying to communicate with extraterrestrial life. These have been directed and orchastrated by funding agencies and governments, who had their own bindings. Much of the information stays hidden, and what we see is deified! A world of marketing, and commercials and conglomerates! That number "75 million" or "74.7 million" is perhaps the number of people not insured, who may face the harsh world...more directly. I may have missed it, but then your poem has provoked me to think.

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