Powell’s great interest in spiritual alchemy and extra-sensory world inspired him to write THE TUNNEL AT THE END OF TIME (Feb 2010) in collaboration with Rick Davis, the follow-up novella to “2014: the life and adventures of an incarnated angel”. The foreward, TRANSFORMA UND VREBATIMA is an epic poem, written by Azsacra Zarathustra (Russia) and Adam Donaldson Powell (Norway-USA), primarily in English and Russian.
It explores tensions between the USA and Russia from a post — Apocalyptic perspective. Powell’s individuality is emphasized by the following lines.
Powell is right in pointing out that The End of Times or “The Armageddon” was inevitable. The moral earnestness of Powell and Azsacra is evident in pointing out the diseases of the society. Powell asks the Terrans “What have you done?” Perhaps the most extraordinary lines are the following:
Lost in meditations upon finances
and power, you lost sight of the
greatest wealth you owned.
And you crowded only a few
humanoids onto your hastily-built
arks when the floods and dis-ease
ravaged so mercilessly.
Some called it the work of
the antichrist, but the antichrist
was humanity itself: which
had been too long on the rampage
of greed and apathy and imbalance.
You raped and you raped;
and defiled both humanity and
This is no childish complaint; it is a balanced analysis, and a very important clue to what is wrong with the Terrans. I suppose it is true to say that the dominant idea of Powell and Azsacra Zarathustra is “Man is a predator out-of-control; / a soul-virus and a threat .” After this line, image after image is evoked by Powell — Azsacra Zarathustra to reveal moments of amazed vision: death of The Fair Eagle of Severe Spirituality, new vision rising from the ashes,as the Phoenix, The Mystery of Creatures waking even God up, Buddha’s ejaculation into His own Skull!, yearning for bringing back the Age of the Guru and the Prophets, the elixir of Nothingness and meaning in the Nothingness, our personal gods like money, power, greed and the threat of missiles and sex, finding new enemies in outer space. What is the solution to this horrible phase of disintegration? Powell and Azsacra Zarathustra have reflected deeply on this question. The answer to unparalleled contemporary brutality is not “divine intervention”. The key lies in the following most powerful poetry by Powell — Azsacra Zarathustra:
Stop waiting for Divine Intervention.
Become the Divine Intervention.
Let it be your zazen.
In other words, we ourself will have to be an instrument for Divine intervention. The unfailing conviction of Powell — Azsacra Zarathustra is that both Christ and anti-Christ are inside us:
I no longer believe in the messiah …
or in the antichrist.
I see both in my own reflection
in the mirror of darkness
As the poem moves into the prophetic arena, we find the superpowers deceiving the ignorant earth:
distracting the masses from the real danger:
the sweet-sounding lies that soothe and abet.
No doubt, Transforma and Verbatima is a meditation on an utopia with rich and timeless. treasures. Both Powell and Azsacra with their transcendental vision show their aspiration to move from spiritual barrenness to hope for human salvation, inspired by Dante’s Purgatorio.
Dr. Santosh Kumar, 2010
● Review by Dr. Santosh Kumar regarding the poetic introduction to «The Tunnel at the End of Time». These comments are excerpted from Dr. Santosh Kumar’s book: Adam Donaldson Powell: the Making of a Poet, Cyberwit.net, 2010
Santosh Kumar (b. 1946) is a poet, short-story writer and an editor from UP India; DPhil in English; Editor of Taj Mahal Review and Harvests of New Millennium Journals; several awards; member of World Poets Society (W.P.S.); member of World Haiku Association, Japan; presented papers in the seminar, interviews as special guest at international literary festival WORDS — one path to peace and understanding Oslo, Norway in September 2008; attended 20th Annual International Literary Festival Druskininkai Poetic Fall and 5th World Haiku Association Conference in Lithuania, Sept 30 to Oct 5, 2009; published poetry in Indian Verse by Young Poets (1980), World Poetry (1995 & 1996), The Fabric of A Vision (2001), The Still Horizon (2002), The Golden Wings (2002), Voyages (2003), Symphonies (2003), New Pegasus (2004), Explorers (2004), Dwan (USA), Promise (Purple Rose Publications, USA), World Haiku 2008 No. 4, World Haiku 2009 No. 5, Taj Mahal Review (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008). He has also edited sixteen World Poetry Anthologies, and four books of World’s Great Short Stories. He is also the author of a collection of poems entitled Helicon (Cyberwit, India, ISBN 81-901366-8-2), Haiku collection New Utopia (Rochak Publishing, India ISBN 978-81-903812-0-8), NO NUKES: Brave New World of Beauty, A Long Narrative Poem, Songs of Peace & Haiku (Rochak Publishing, India ISBN 978-81-903812-3-9), and Critical Essays in collaboration with Adam Donaldson Powell (Cyberwit, India, 978-81-8253-110-9). He has also edited The Poetic Achievement of Ban’ya Natsuishi (Cyberwit, India, ISBN: 978-81-8253-149-9).
A BOOK “THE TUNNEL AT THE END OF TIME”
– … – , ” ” , ” ” . Yes, the shields … humans are born with them, much as angels are born with wings. It is propaganda, of course … the truth has always been an existential relativity. Ga awoke in a sweat, thinking: “The Devil comes at nighttime”. ‘Ifafi was sleeping soundly, and snoring. Ga nudged him gently at first and then more emphatically: “‘Ifafi, wake up! You are snoring.” “Wha…. ?!!” mumbled ‘Ifafi, rubbing his eyes, and scratching under his left wing. “What time is it?” “The sun will be up shortly,” replied Ga. “We need to get up and prepare for the descent into the tunnels.” ‘Ifafi nodded and then turned back onto his right side, ready to return to his slumber. Ga would have none of it and kept talking: “I had another vivid dream, ‘Ifafi. This time it was in Russian, German and English … a conversation between an American eagle and a Russian bear.”