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The Unraveling

Crosses in their thousands ,
with the lashed , bleeding bodies
of the condemned , nailed to each,
line the Imperial Way
to the hill,
that crowns the City of Gold.

Sybarites,
each more richly caparisoned
than the rest,
cavort in gay ,depraved abandon ,
lurching and swaying ,around the crosses -
their gold-flecked tresses flaying
the feet of the condemned.

At the high altar , on the hill
The Anointed One stands.

Elated … rapturous ,
he gazes at his Chosen Ones
thronging the concourse
far beneath.

Waves of thunderous applause
surge towards him-
ripped from a million throats,
all frenetically cheering as one.

Supreme - in his moment of triumph,
he raises his hands to the heavens-
in a flash , the vast crowds below ,
fall hushed and silent.

“Our Father ,” he intones , “Who art in Heaven…
….Thy Will be done.”

……. Before His open sepulchre
The Risen Christ stands,
wreathed in Glory and Majesty.
Yet, wracked by a boundless Sorrow ,
He draws back - whispering ,
ever so tenderly and lovingly,
the words immortal :
“ Noli Me Tangere”


Whirling through the dark immensities,
the little planet ,that a brief instant before,
had been so exquisitely cerulean,
flecked by delicate wisps of white –
flares …brighter than a thousand suns.

I ask you-
Was War -wondrous,
was Carnage -cathartic
was Savagery-sublime.



------
RJKT


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The following comments are for "The Elephant and the Gnat Part 3."
by RJKT

Noli Me Tangere
Jaacob,

Just read this trilogy, and some of your other work:

……. Before His open sepulchre
The Risen Christ stands,
wreathed in Glory and Majesty.
Yet, wracked by a boundless Sorrow ,
He draws back - whispering ,
ever so tenderly and lovingly,
the words immortal :
“ Noli Me Tangere”

Doesn't this just sum it all up perfectly! If we didn't have religion to blame all the evils of the world on I suppose we would have to look for the reaons within mankind himself.

To me this work crossed the centuries from the might of the Roman Empire, thru the British Empire and the not yet defined American military world domination.... comparing the lagacies from both sides of conflicts and the morality of it all. No wonder the world is in a mess......

A well structured and presented lesson for us all,

Ivor

( Posted by: ivordavies [Member] On: July 23, 2005 )

Ivor..am overwhelmed
Dear Friend Ivor

The title of your comment looked very familiar to me as i had used it in a couple of pieces ..some of them here.Thoroughly intrigued ,i was drawn -most irresistibly -to reading what you 'd written.

Imagine my surprise when i opened it up to realise that it was a comment in respect of something i'd written a while back ..which i now feel is mediocre stuff . In fact a rather well known poet here had panned it as being 'politically incorrect'. Which is why i didn't give it any further thought -until now that is.

You're absolutely right....across the world ..we in our billions ..irrespective of creed or colour have been cynically manipulated by political scum ...Bush and Blair in your case.

Most human beings are essentially kind and decent but have fallen victim to the machinations of these despots and other vested interests ,who pit one against the other to further their own fiendish ends.

Hitler still remains within our midst in the form of these latter day 'saints'..Blair , Bush and other tinpot politicians who currently strut and preen in the world stage.

( Posted by: RJKT [Member] On: July 23, 2005 )





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