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by Paul Williams
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
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Here's another revision to some early work taken from 'Tales from The Apocalypse'. Yet again the editor thing doth interupt my structure...bugger! hope it doesn't spoil your enjoyment. Warning: This contains graphic imagery and strong language...not for the faint of heart.




Beyond the candle in infinite black, sharp periwinkle-pearls

catch in a dancing flame – and twinkle back. Soullessly,

and with intent, they watch a man go insane.


The symbol of the eagle lying prone, an unholy figure of skin and bone,

uniformed in leper’s dress; ribbons, bloodied and blackened,

still attached to a skeletal chest.


Alone and dying in the dark, memories, conjuring a bark

of someone he thought he knew – a companion past,

a remnant from the human zoo?


But his eyes discerned little – swollen and blacked.

As salted diamonds burnt their way through a landscape cracked.

Mounted by blisters, boils and cysts; poisoned skin struggling to exist.


Yet… a sense of presence overwhelmed?

Cracked lips part – swollen tongue and bloodied gums,

conspire in the last act of a dying art…and motion to speak…

Who’s there? – Satan? – Is that you? Is it really you? After all this time…I knew you’d come. Come on, come boy, I can’t see you…come near…come on boy…pleeease!  BASTARD! Fucking traitor dog! – Why did you stray, leaving me alone and afraid? Can’t you see I’m dying for the sins of man and the art of lying? – Oh what have we done?  The world is gone – it all blew up, and blocked out the sun –

 A-a-am I the only one left? No! Of course not, you’re here aren’t you? I tell you Satan; God has sent me to Hell…but you know that of course? Ha, ha, ha, what is that fetid smell? Will you take my confession? – Sorry!  That’s not part of your profession, is it? To give me absolution, No - thought not…Come on boy, come near…I have no offerings of food – but do you like gristle on your bone? Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.”

The Mastiff-sized Rat – sniffed, shuffled, bit, and scuffled-off

back into the labyrinth with its prize; it’s sleek bulk chased

by the sounds of agonizing cries.


Time, like memories lost meaning; a candle long dead, weeping,

laughter and shivering fear; companions in madness were creeping,

creeping, ever near…driven by hunger and the smell of meat,

the darkness echoed with the pitter-patter of thousands of  feet,

making the progress of a train;  faster, and faster, chugging in intensity,

until the rush became the whistling howl of a horrific destiny.


“ Praise the Lord – I think my pet has brought some friends…”


... and with sinuous grace, the kin of chaos leapt toward his face... 


P Williams © 2002 revised 2006



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Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 4/10/2006

Judges of the Inquisition, apostasy, heresy, all came to live colors while I read "Deliverance".

It seems to me that the teachers of divinity, students of theology, hierology, ~ and other lures used by the State to keep the serfs feeling good as DEMONcrats, ~ would faint after reading this glowing composition of true poetic commandment.

I thank You for adding value to the treasure of POETRY.


Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 2/4/2006
Very apocalyptic, very well done!
Birgit and Roger
Reviewed by ~Indigo~ Elga 2/2/2006
Dearest Paul,

A "Deliverance" indeed... I say no more as none is needed. Except chilling... should be dissuasive to any with obscure thoughts!

Much love and warm hugs my friend
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/1/2006

Captivating, chilling imagery and verse; well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Only A Poet 1/30/2006
darkly compelling, enjoyed!
Reviewed by jude forese 1/29/2006
awesome ... dark & compelling poem ... descriptive imagery immersed in intensely prophetic scenario ...
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 1/28/2006
Dark, disturbing, effective! Now how am I supposed to sleep? Extremely well written, Paul!
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/28/2006
Dark and most compelling, Paul. Thank you for sharing your gift. Love and peace,

Reviewed by Aberjhani 1/28/2006
A macabre and chilling write indeed! So easy to see Edgar Allan Poe chuckling as he reads these lines then eagerly turns the page for more. Fantastic and compelling work!
Reviewed by Robin Ouzman Hislop 1/26/2006
the human race is either half mad or completely mad we just dont admitt
it that we are all rats in the same sewer & we need a pied piper save the rats the cats the rabbits the elephant & the kangeroo & the toad too
& dont send the children to war btw v freaky picture interesting writing
guts flying all over place saludos
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 1/26/2006
NOW... I'll start with Hot Shot (dig the glasses!!) Paul Williams and work around to Poe for dessert, in that case, if this is the flavour to go by. Why does this remind me of Lady Lazarus by Sylvia Plath? No idea, except I read it today and the death-wish is obviously a link. Perhaps it's the idea of picking sticky little worms off of the skin, too... seems to be a little delicacy that might well go with the menu you've given us here, mon Hote. Very sinuous and visceral. My stomach's rumbling.... K xx
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 1/26/2006
Yeah I'm with Felix. I immediately thought Poe! Which by the way in my book is/was an absolute master of the written word. Not to say that I believe that his storylines weren't dreadfully chaotic and morbid, but he packed quite a punch. As so do you in this hair raising tale.
I completely enjoyed every word and will read again before I leave here.
Great work!!!!!!!!

Reviewed by J M 1/25/2006
Shiver and chilling effects the editor has driven me nuts lol thanks for this glimpse of creativity into the end days.... Wonderful job in this masterful piece.
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 1/25/2006
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 1/25/2006
Oerrrrrr...this is one helluva offering Chuckie!!

Like love skipped out and the devil crept in reading this!!

Holy Moly.....most powerful offering "Poet Paul Williams"!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 1/25/2006
"A-a-am I the only one left? No! Of course not, you’re here aren’t you? I tell you Satan; God has sent me to Hell…but you know that of course? Ha, ha, ha, what is that fetid smell? Will you take my "confession? – Sorry! That’s not part of your profession, is it? To give me absolution, No - thought not…Come on boy, come near…I have no offerings of food – but do you like gristle on your bone? Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.”

Confession is good for the soul! I love these lines. These are such fatty meaty lines to chew on. I thrill at the use of your labyrinth, Paul! Absolutely a maze of dancing flame! The graphic is chilling. Deliverance is a thriller for sure! Reminds me of the Tales From the Crypt!

Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 1/25/2006
Pure magnificence mate. You sure pull the reader right into this one!
Reviewed by E T Waldron 1/25/2006
Paul this may be dark,harsh language, terrifying, but it is one helluva good write! Thanks for sharing it. You do this so well!
(shivers)... time for tiddlywinks;-)lol

Reviewed by Felix Perry 1/25/2006
Very very Poe - eticish and with vivid images of the black forces in play really draws the reader into the story.

Reviewed by George Carroll 1/25/2006
falls in line with the way some perceive the Apocalypse. Great story.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 1/25/2006
Dark stuff, but then it is part of a work with "Apocalypse" in the title, so how could it not be.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 1/25/2006
Fascinating, captivating, and very bloody good, Paul!
Reviewed by Peter Paton 1/25/2006
I agree with Retta below completely Paul
Not for the faint hearted, this red meat of a write is laden with drama, symbolism and token, and reaches the parts that other poor imitations fail to !
A wonderful resurrection from the grave !
Had me singing the Monster Mash song !
Reviewed by L. Figgins 1/25/2006
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 1/25/2006
Wow, so powerfully dark and outstanding, this is bone-chilling, just loved it!


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