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  An Age In Retrospect (Take 3)
by Paul Williams
Friday, December 09, 2005
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Here's the third and final part of An Age in Retrospect, and the latest addition to TFTA...lets hope it's all an illusion...ooeer missus!


 


An Age In Retrospect (Take 3)

 

 

1963

“A king loved by his subjects had a dream…to found a new Camelot…

it was only a dream.”

 

A man ready to reveal that hidden from the world

a beacon against the darkness

on show to his happy people, banners unfurled.

“Oh the folly of dangerous days.”

The empire of shadows were displeased

and struck down the ‘truth-giver’ with treacherous ease…

 

Deceptive wars were being fought on false fronts,

the enemy was not the enemy.

He was like the rest, just prey in a global hunt.


 

1966

The World turned with LSD and Mescaline mind

founding a new revolution of the Aquarian kind,

warriors with gestalt awareness…protested,

as minstrels sang a song of freedom,

an illusion as best can be attested.

 

1970-2000

The cauldron of culture grew and grew,

into the pot went the industries of the popular,

economic growth, and a war or two.

All the essential ingredients in a recipe of

distractions, needed for a human stew.

Designed to keep enquiring minds

from knowing what we knew

that was reserved for the chosen few.

 

“And so like the Salmon eating its way up rapids

hungry to die, we rushed toward technocratic utopia.


Lost in our hubris, unaware of the paradigm shift

like the Atlanteans  past… and like them, for us,

it was too late, the die had been cast.”

 

A New Millennium dawn…


The Sun rose with new hope above the horizon of need

but it was just another illusion from a century of greed.

And when giants fell amidst the crystal canyons

of the American dream…well?

 

 


The World present day...


Watching our imagined reality on digitised TV,

And there, in our blindness we see,

‘Another murder, another bombing.’

The new religion the politics of the gun,

chaos and disorder parameters set

by the ‘New World Order.’

Conjecture and confusion adds to the mix

enhances the illusion, adds to the fun.

A communication revolution

or a devolving of human evolution

under panoptic control?

The agencies of light and dark

now fight for your very soul.

 

…Welcome to the beginning of the End of Times.

 

“…And cut! That’s a wrap!”

 

P. Williams ©2005

 


 

 

 
 
 




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

I was thinking this "An Age In Retrospect" series would at least count to ten... I read "Take 1" and Take 2", and was impressed with the presentation of the subjects dealt, and the message conveyed.

"An Age In Retrospect (Take 3)" completes the TRIO ~ and the combo message, ~ which makes me think of CANTERBURY, VATICAN and the UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL. I also see an ARROW indicating a FILE-ROOM, where one can read their CONSPIRACY, and all on their POGROM against MANKIND.

On this century of poetic REVELATION, "An Age In Retrospect (Take 3)" this series did reinforce the assurance given to the Poet by the Grace of The Mother Poet ~ by intuition, when he listened to the song of wisdom.

Creativity and Courage, Poet!

Gratefully,



Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 1/3/2006
So very powerful and all too true! This is outstanding! A very sad commentary on our very existence!

Reindeer
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 12/27/2005
Ah yes, all those distractions to keep thinking folk from focusing too much on the course of human devolution...
Very well said, Paul.
Merry Yule to you! Love Winter Solstice!
Carolyn
Reviewed by Aberjhani 12/19/2005
Quite an extraordinary "wrap" at that! A brilliantly inventive, audaciously imagined, and powerfully executed work. There's probably more intriguing implications here to consider than most of us are comfortable with but good literature has a way of pulling us out of our comfort zones and forcing us to entertain new possibiliities and perspectives. Thanks for sharing such a great write.
Reviewed by The Smoking Poet 12/14/2005
Paul, you have a fascinating epic in the works here. One that inspires shivers... perhaps, and hopefully, also with warning to be heeded.
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 12/13/2005
Okay, sci-fi prince. You went for the brass ring. :-) Did you see EPIC, Paul. http://nexus.writingjunkie.net/rs.html I forgot to ask? You can view it at the link. I think you'll like it.

Nordette
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 12/11/2005
Perceptive and wonderfully well worked out! I am particularly taken with the first stanza of l970-2000. B r a v a, B r a v a !! 'Pea' <3
Reviewed by Robin Ouzman Hislop 12/11/2005
well doncaster's not far from me this is a fine & deep bit of writing
i'll save & cover the rest anon & get back more saludos
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 12/10/2005
This seems starkly ominous and yet undeniably real. Thank you, Paul. You've expressed this like a prophet. Love and peace.

Regis
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 12/10/2005
At least I got to see England win today..

Technocrat's. I like that. A dark and stark reality you conclude here old boy.
Very Orwellian...
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 12/9/2005
Too real, too true, too... "Help! I'm A Celebrity! Get Me Out Of Here!" (Brit reality TV, folks!) Well, reckon I'm just about ready for a spot of dimensia, myself... for going back to Hair and trolls and loons - but, bugger me, Tony Blair has already done it! "Cut" seems a very good idea... and have you a bunker underground somewhere near you that I can come and share when The End Draweth Nigh? At least Consequences might be fun! And that picture looks like what the laser beams print all across me front for the daily radiotherapy... except instead of circles it looks rather more like a barometer... "If you want to take me temperature", I says, "there ARE easier ways...!!" :)) Who says the Brits are mad? Keepsmilin Kate xx
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 12/9/2005
Masterfully done Chuckie!!

Great offering!!

Love Tinks
Reviewed by Carmen Ruggero 12/9/2005
You've put a lot of thought behind this. It is an itelligent and very well crafted piece of work. But I pray you're wrong. I really hope the movie is a box office failure.

Carmen :-)
Reviewed by George Carroll 12/9/2005
Well done and let's hope for better days ahead.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 12/9/2005
Wow! That's quite a wrap Paul! Astounding work, can't say that it
isn't a true depiction of our times, even while I maintain the hope it could change. If...;-)

Love,
Eileen

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