UKArchive ID: 35012Time After Time by micawber
Originally published on June 15, 2015 in Poetry

No explanations. There are at least two poems on a page, the one that is written and the one that is read. Therefore: xP = yR+1 or xP - (yR+1) = 0 Where P = the written Poem and R = reader

I saw the news today,
a boy from another century
once had twin pistols
for his tiny, clean-nailed hands.
King of Rome at three!
He was the boy Aiglón
a name from another century
coined by some writer
with his inky, hat-plume pen.
Such names were never heard.

I read a book today,
a tale from another century
writ by some scribbler
on his shiny, slick-keyed board,
"Age of Mud and Fleas".
It had the King Mouldwarp,
a man of another century,
called by some 'Lover'
with his rounded, butcher's face.
Such love was undeserved.

I dreamed a dream today,
a day from another century
seen by this dabbler
in his tiny, slack-sieved mind.
Things that cannot be.
It was the last trumpet,
a tune from another century
played by none other
than the greatest, sweetest horn.
I felt like freedom's bird.

I crossed a bridge today:
in stone from another century
built by some landowner
for his smoke-clad, northern town,
Gates of Hell-by-Sea.
It was not my homeland,
a realm from another century
swept by only sand
on howling, djinn-called winds.
I know my place of birth.

I smelled a rose today,
a bloom from any century,
grown by one gardener,
in her verdant, green-sleeved plot,
where once she loved me.
It was not near heaven,
nor sheol of another century,
with dancing, fleck eyed imps.
it is my final rest.
I lie in loamy earth.

© micawber (nomenklatura on OLD UKA)
UKArchive ID: 35012
Archived comments for Time After Time
gwirionedd on 15-06-2015
Time After Time
I don't understand any of this. I mean, I assume that each verse deals with a different moment in history, but I don't recognise any of them apart from Henry VIII, the "Mouldwarp" king.

And details surrounding that appear sketchy too. Why exactly was Henry called the Mouldwarp (which I'm assuming means "mole", cf. Scots "mowdiewarp", German "Maulwurf")?

Author's Reply:
Hmm... No, not six moments in history... the first two concern historical figures... L'Aiglon was a name coined by a French Playwright (posthumously) for Napoleon Bonaparte's son, who Boney named King Of Rome when he was born. Two matching pistols were made for his 3rd birthday and sold recently for a no doubt ridiculous sum.

Merlin wrote the Mouldwarp (yes, it means Mole) prophecy. Papists and traditionalists claimed Mouldwarp meant Henry VIII although he was in fact the 13th king rather than the twice times 6th named in the prophecy. Although the Mouldwarp Prophecy concerns one particular king, the whole document purported to include all the kings from King John until Henry VIII. They were all given animal names, Dragon, Lamb, Lion, Ass etc.

I dreamt all of the third verse.

'My homeland' is the other realm swept by wind.

the last verse is about a rose.

I did all of those things in one day, saw news, read book, dreamed dream, crossed a bridge (although the one in a northern town was a different bridge in a different time), and smelled a rose.
The poem is just ramblings on those various things.

gwirionedd on 15-06-2015
Time After Time
Very interesting, Ewan...

The first thing I noticed, actually, if this doesn't sound too obvious, was the Beatlesque overtones, A Day In The Life.

"I read the news today, oh boy"

But now I'm looking a bit deeper...

As far as I understand, there is no evidence that Merlin ever actually existed, is there? Or King Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot and all the rest?

Has anyone ever actually read this strange Prophecy?

Re-reading the third verse, in light of the information that you literally dreamt it, I can now see a new meaning. A Biblical one.

Was your dream a John the Apostle moment? It seems to refer to Revelations, in particular the Seven Trumpets leading up to Armageddon.

That would mean the other century from this verse is a future one, although some would say Armageddon is coming in this century, and that roughly half the Seven Trumpets have already been blown:

Trumpet 1: WW1
Trumpet 2: WW2
Trumpet 3: Chernobyl
Trumpet 4: Iraq War

These are just other people's interpretations of course, but they are very interesting. What is particularly creepy for me is the fact that the destructive and contaminating falling star in Trumpet 3 is called "Wormwood", which in Russian is "Chernobyl".

The third verse seems to be where the poem starts to become mystical and supernatural. You seem to be talking about death and the afterlife...

Your place of birth is the cosmos, perhaps....

Author's Reply:
The Beatles reference was deliberate.

deadpoet on 18-06-2015
Time After Time
I threw all my maths books away as soon as I finished school but I understand your equation and you are quite right. I am glad I read your explanation . I think you often use quite floral language- well, very expressive and it always creates an atmostphere- very good Ewan.

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