THE ASSEMBLY OF MEN

And the great and good of every country held an assembly

never the like of which had been seen before:

 

Consorts, despots, legitimately voted leaders,

church representatives, tribal gurus,

shamans, every nut and bolt of power gathered there

on a beacon lit hilltop, with no security presence

 

at a propitious time in the calendar decided upon by wise men

in their small unremarkable numbers.

 

Amongst them the capitalists, venturers, speculators,

prisoners as witnesses, scribes for the record.

An agreement was made and sealed with the blood of a cut,

every man - the last blood spilt by human hand,

 

and the world moved on at the banning of all arms

and the means of their deployment

 

whether of mass destructions or single combat,

(excepting hand tools for the provision of simple needs).

Compensation was to be paid to all those thus engaged thereon.

Every man there closed his eyes and thought of a future

 

without the conception of dying for a cause,

without the need for aggression and defence,

 

only a horizon of repair to broken hearts and souls

that rolled back on itself in a haze of remembrance.

◄ REMEMBERING

A SOLDIER THAT CAME HOME ►

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raypool

Sat 17th Nov 2018 10:12

Many thanks all your likes to Beno, Jon, Darren, Kate and Raven ! Greatly welcomed.

Ray

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raypool

Fri 16th Nov 2018 22:01

Hi Hannah. Bless you, thanks.

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Hannah Collins

Fri 16th Nov 2018 21:42

Fantastic, beautiful poetry Ray.

Hannah

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raypool

Wed 14th Nov 2018 21:02

Thanks Keith, Don and Brian and Anya for adding your hopes and thoughts to this.

David, of course nothing like this declaration could hold water for reasons of human nature itself and its ramifications. Opposites must always be inherent, otherwise there would indeed be no progress nor progression. It intrigues me that Utopia has a strong allure - I suppose art gives that a body in itself, and I suppose religious conviction too. We can all make our own kind of peace with the world, but millennia will pass or a world cataclysm before any real improvement can come. Sounds pessimistic.

Graham, there obviously is some tribal behaviour in herds or group thinking patterns, but I was certainly not likening the spirit in the poem to any flashback to instinctive behaviour, in fact the opposite: a suspension of it. I feel your view may be rather simplistic in the light of what is socially observable, though I admit your assessment does describe the sort of Victorian conception that we inherited in this country in 19th c. with respect. Thanks for your observations!

Finally, I will say that the Super Hero does not appear in this particular fantasy, perhaps we the readers might be playing the role.

Beno, Jon, Darren and Kate lovely to get your likes! Nice to see you online again Beno.

Many thanks all. Ray

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Brian Maryon

Tue 13th Nov 2018 11:11

One can only hope...

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Wolfgar Miere

Tue 13th Nov 2018 10:01

Yep, lets not progress the discussion, lets snipe instead. I was attempting to engage in something meaningful, befitting the work put in by Ray.

It remains a worthy piece of work Ray, whatever our respective dreams may be.

Do dreams become extinct when they are questioned? I think not, often they become reinforced to the dreamer.

I'm out.

Graham Sherwood

Tue 13th Nov 2018 09:57

It was a wonderful dream Ray!

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Wolfgar Miere

Tue 13th Nov 2018 09:48

I think what ray is proposing here is in fact the end of tribes, not a description of tribes, which is something entirely different.

If anything he is suggesting the creation of one tribe, which by definition would mean the dissolution of all tribes and the vanashing of any such concept, that experiment has already been conducted by the human race, it didn't work.

It is the best of all fantasy, and will unfortunately remain so.

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Anya

Tue 13th Nov 2018 09:46

Wouldn’t THAT be something... 😘

Graham Sherwood

Tue 13th Nov 2018 09:41

Ray, what you have described here are tribes. We are animals remember and as animals learned to band together for safety and to become a more potent hunting force.

Tribes then both fear and respect one another so eventually agree to help each other in times of threat from outside.

Wealth can then be accrued whether it be food or shiny things and is another sort of power to be protected and allied to.

The only thing that stops man from continually trying to defeat or dominate other tribes is the threat to their own existence, namely a deterrent.

Therefore tolerance is born! It is a very weak flame that must be nurtured.

Bloody good thought provoking stuff.

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Wolfgar Miere

Tue 13th Nov 2018 08:34

Such a definative charter upheld strictly would indeed prefix the end of any progressive humanity Ray.

We would have to build in forums of and for dissent and so many articles of protocol which in themselves would create conflict. (as a matter of fact we have the beginnings of such a charter, it sits at the UN, look how effective it is, it actually affords conflict by agreements and with limitations, very civilised indeed)

I am not in any way suggesting mankind should not seek relative peace and peacful co-existance, we should, but to act as you suggest would require the perverting of human nature, what would we call that, extreme political correctness, the subversion of a spiecies? who knows.

There is such a thing as nature and we cannot divert it, at a push we can probably moderate it.

Jesus, we can't even extricate ourselves from the EU FFS!

Although it sounds utopian it could equally be a bland hell.

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Don Matthews

Mon 12th Nov 2018 21:40

How I wish Ray. Problem is, humans seem to have this greed gene in their makeup 😎

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keith jeffries

Mon 12th Nov 2018 20:53

Utopia but How I wish
Thanks
Keith

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