The Age of Enlightenment

Tis a noble endeavor to evaluate that which is worthy of measurement

Analyzing that which provides a contribution of proportion

Moments trapped forever in history where definitions were defined

Lost sight seemingly regained and thus employed to retract the bias

Elimination of the coercion by those controlled by religion

When eyes were opened without retribution or concession

Enlightenment and the advancement of idealistic behavior

Driven by pure intellect and disciplinary advancements

Facilitated by an empowering assembly of worthy souls

Forever embedded from thence forwarding

Ingrained into the many noble and trustworthy institutions

That moment of awakening provided solid foundation for eternity

Where reason surpassed all other thought processes and undertakings

Legitimate authority to proclaim superiority in earthy practices

Earthly validation of each new revelation and discovery

Ideals elevated in opposition to the entrenched monarchies

A reformation of the accepted doctrine and a new accommodation

Provocation the right of all humankind, as debate and disagreement

Questioning no longer taboo, but encouraged and praised

Reformation decreed a strengthening and new foundation

Governmental separation from the theologian’s examinations

World variations determining affiliations while advancing education

Ancient bonds of humanity suddenly dissolving and evolving

Mythical mystery at odds with a modernized immorality

Critical thinking, rational inquiry, achievement and liberty

Offered in full to all humanity, no longer reserved for the aristocracy

Intellectuals interacting in fruitful conversations and inventions

Egalitarian societies growing exponentially without limitations

Surpassing whispers of revolution and armed insurrections

Barriers pulled down as the statuary of the bourgeois also fallen

Disputed theories, debated theories, and scientific theories

On display in the public forum; the glossy shine of the past removed

Useful knowledge no longer held under religious shackles

Printers and their printings, painters and their paintings

And every other form of people expressing themselves

A planted seed, roots deep and plentiful, bearing amazing fruit

Traditions rejected, repealed, and summarily replaced

Philosophically embracing thinking rationally, universally

Secularized education defeating skepticism and false intervention

Mankind emerging from our immaturities


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R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

3 thoughts on “The Age of Enlightenment

  • March 14, 2017 at 5:36 PM

    Fantastic verse on the evolution for humanity from strict, regulated traditional thinking to openness, free thinking, self-expression and enlightenment. This is great work, Ralph. I enjoyed reading it.

  • March 15, 2017 at 12:59 AM

    Nicely stated and expressed Ralph, and technology has changed the landscape, people easily access information and thought becomes the driving force of new frontiers, minds active in innovatiosn and hopefully a more balanced planet. Ah but not quite yet. great work my friend.

  • March 18, 2017 at 5:14 PM

    This is very powerful read…. great work.


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