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  Novus Ordo Seclorum
by Paul Williams
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Rated "G" by the Author.

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Taken from 'Tales from the Apocalypse' (perhaps I ought to change the title to Apocalypse now), this caused a right old stink when I posted this on another site a few years ago. Although it say's much about the current economic and political situation now, it has to be taken in context with the rest of the poems in this collection.

Novus Ordo Seclorum

(A new order of ages-is created)


Dollar bill! Dollar bill! – all is gone

the all seeing eye has fallen

from the pyramid sky.

Your reign is over,

you were worthless then

you're pointless now.

In your quest for domineering goals

you made a monster that stole our souls

that sits on your throne – Divine!


“An age has gone – a new one begins

what was once the safety of the womb

is now a living tomb…

witness the survival of the damned.”


P. Williams©2001&06




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Reviewed by Fergus Hancock
Paul - this poem SHOULD cause a stink. You are the arch-heretic, the arch-noncomformist, to so lightly dispose of the world's idol. Be true to the prophet's garb - we need more to break ranks with the lemmings.

"It will take more to dispose of my tachings than my body." Justin Martyr. 'A man may be destroyed but never defeated.' Ernest Hemmingway.

Reviewed by Ian Thorpe
Yeah, omnia vincit amor maybe, in the information age we have easily forgotten that some things are worth more than money.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader)
I take all unwanted donations.
Green is my fav...

Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen
Upon change we can ever rely; but 'tis for progress we pray...
Excellent write, Paul.
Reviewed by Nordette Adams
Thank you for telling me what Norvus Ordo Seclorum means right off the bat. I didn't have the energy to search my brain. :-) Powerful last stanza, Paul.
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green
ON THE MONEY!! Whoa. Maybe I should put it another way ;D.
You have done a great job of turning the M-word into a metaphor for
what ails us. When Jesus Christ kicked the money-lenders off the
steps {"vipers" was very strong language in that time and place}, I don't believe he did it because they had refused his application for a loan! [Er, I think.] It is so ironic when Get-Rich gurus teach that prayer and "faith" guarantee $ucce$$. . .and that kind of "success" is a sign a person is superior. . .even (or even especially) morally!! Weird & scary world we live in, isn't it? So hard not to want the wrong things!! Thanks for this stimulating and conscience jogging write. Always, 'Pea' <3
Reviewed by Aberjhani
Taking these lines on their own, their value as sociohistorical commentary and prophetic vision is quite profound. If it's very unlikely that we shall live to see a time when money is not the ruler of our fates on earth, at least we can look forward to the time when TALES FROM THE APOCALYPSE is in our hands and we can read the entire great work in and out of context at will:-)
Reviewed by Kate Burnside
Just stunning and sooooooooo on point... an eye of the needle write, Darlin... or poking the eye WITH the needle!! :)) Mammon is a symbol, perhaps, of success, which is our latterday idolatry - however it presents itself, monetary or in other ways. Some fantastic and eyeballing lines here: "you were worthless then your pointless now" - HOW WISE IS THIS??!! Ahead of your time, that's what you are.... Keep penning it!! LOL K xx
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
Nope not offended!!

Outstanding work Chuckie!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Regis Auffray
I don't see how anyone with any degree of intelligence could be offended by this, Paul. It is clear that "money" (the financial establishment) is destroying our planet. Thank you. Love and peace,

Reviewed by E T Waldron
Excellent thought provoker Paul! For those who were offended the truth hurts,as for the masses they remain uninformed even in this high tech society.Because of complacency and too much comfort the thirst for knowledge sleeps. prophetic write;-)
Reviewed by richard cederberg
"A fronte praecipitium a turgo lupi"

A precipice in front, wolves behind.
(Between a rock and a hard place)

Those that don't have money often contemplate and rationlize its evils, those with money either use it as a tool to realize dreams and better the lives of others, or as a means to "rise above" those without.

Unity unwavering ...
Richard Lloyd Cederberg
Reviewed by Miss Pandora
Hmmm just makes you wonder how enlightened were the Illuminati?...think they should probably have stuck to alchemy and martyrdom perhaps? Money CAN be the root of all evil, IF you let your desire for it control you...really thought provoking piece that I enjoyed , Panda :)
Reviewed by Peter Paton

The love of money is the root of all evil, and your exemplary poem symbolises the absurdity of craving after an illusion and mirage of so called security..

Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU

The Dollar is the SEAL of WCO and the FLAG of ICC, and it is
The "Novus Ordo Seclorum" until the PRIESTS of MAMMON change it.

I have enjoyed the reading of "Novus Ordo Seclorum".

I salute You, Poet.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader)
The govt does seem to be on a fast track to distruction.
Reviewed by Lew Duffey
Some say it is a necessary evil. We surely won't long in this world without it. Your poem is reminiscent of the words of Jesus. The money is not evil, but the love of money is the root of all evil.
God Bless,
Reviewed by A PAX
I still wish I had more of those than I have now...dollar bills, fives , tens, etc

very good write......and not at all offensive......

any spares send them my way :)
am I the obnoxious American yet muuhaahaaa

e pluribus unum
Reviewed by Mr. Ed
In your quest for domineering goals
you made a monster that stole our souls

I can see why this caused a 'stink' - the truth often hurts!

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