Friday, June 17, 2016

Repulse the Dragon Lords

There are before me now
Evil dragons to slay
They are wild with power
With ancient spells endowed
Every day becomes judgment day
And they come as a killer tide
In groups, and by individuals
It is nearly impossible to survive
As the serpent lords strike
But I will prevail
I will deny them
I am alive
I stand in their path
I deny their wrath
And drive them from this land
Because I am the last
The only
Who will do so

“The hunger of a dragon is slow to wake, but hard to sate.”― Ursula K. Le Guin

Le dragon crache du feu, - Ce qui éteint ses larmes. - Quand on vit de rancune, - On naît pour être vieux.”― Charles de Leusse

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Quest

I lost a friend.  Edmund Quinby, of Tallahassee, Florida.  He was an artist, a friend and someone who I looked to for advice on occasion.  We were not identical in views but we shared an identical goal, that our work together was a quest, that we were on to achieve greater acceptance of our work, and to aid each other in our quest together.  We were allies, and wanted the best for each other.

Our quest was not unlike the quest knights of King Arthur.

An impossible task was before them, to restore the king, and restore the land.  They had been called by Arthur, Rex Eternus, to find the chalice that had caught the blood of Christ, when he'd been hung upon the cross.  The Holy Grail as it was called, could bring life back to lifeless, restore hope to the hopeless, and make vital the flesh that had been withered by aging or disease.

The legendary Grail was worth more gold than could ever be mined, or found, and was subject to numerous quests.  But only a rare few knights were worthy of finding it, and fewer yet were worthy of touching and grasping the holy vessel.

But what if the Holy Grail, the vessel capturing the blood of Christ, was the body of Christ?  Some writers suggest that the Grail was a metaphor for the Church, or something other than a chalice.  Some recent writers suggest it was a secret bloodline of the French kings. 

I do not give any credence to the metaphorical interpretations of the Grail, nor do I actually have any idea about a historically true Grail.  I suspect there could be souvenir hunters, relic seekers, because that is human nature.  But would there have been someone who collected the blood of Christ in receptacles and kept those unsullied for generations, with a line of known handling so that it could be provable?  I doubt the provenance aspect, but I don't doubt that there could have been something like a souvenir here or there.  But not one we could prove.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Sheep to the slaughter

We create the world in which we live.  Not the planet itself, the universe it hangs in, nor the stars, but the society and ideas for which we accept and translate by action.  Why then do we blame anyone but ourselves for the grievous injuries we suffer?  When madmen kill hundreds, who is to blame, but the world which allowed them to rise.  When one with a gun, or bombs, or terrorist ideals kills dozens or thousands of humans, why are we confused? 

Our world is not one of forgiveness, nor is it one of hope or of a healthy heart, it is one of acquisition and consumption.  Our world is one of hatred of others, and fear.  We do not exist to create a better world, we exist to enjoy ourselves, and only after being satisfied do we consider the cost of what we have done.

I do not believe that the killing in Orlando was done by a single person.  It was done by a mindset that could only be understood as hatred enabled by a free society.  In a society that is free, such as the United States, the society depends upon citizens utilizing their rights and freedoms and using them positively.  But when disturbed people have an agenda to kill others, they find the United States a vast supply depot for their war.  Easy to acquire tools of assault, low levels of public control by the state, and the presumption of innocence by the state as according to our rights, an unknown assailant finds the United States to be the easiest of places to operate.

So, with the government wanting to steal back the rights of the honorable and innocent, alongside of the guilty, what can be done?   Can anything be done?  Only when the honorable and innocent realize that their rights are less important than lives being slaughtered will things change.

wir sind wie Schafe zur Schlacht
wir sind wie Schafe zur Schlacht
wir sind wie Schafe zur Schlacht  

Monday, June 13, 2016

Say it, just say it.

I am amazed how many people demanded that Donald Trump be silenced.  In the United States we have freedom of speech.  We do not have limited freedom. 

“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter." George Washington

“The ruling power is always faced with the question, ‘In such and such circumstances, what would you do?’, whereas the opposition is not obliged to take responsibility or make any real decisions.” George Orwell

“The relative freedom which we enjoy depends of public opinion. The law is no protection. Governments make laws, but whether they are carried out, and how the police behave, depends on the general temper in the country. If large numbers of people are interested in freedom of speech, there will be freedom of speech, even if the law forbids it; if public opinion is sluggish, inconvenient minorities will be persecuted, even if laws exist to protect them." George Orwell

“No idea is above scrutiny and no people are beneath dignity.”  Maajid Nawaz

"America is a model of force and freedom and moderation -- with all the coarseness and rudeness of its people."  Lord Byron

Sunday, June 12, 2016

We are the dead

As we slaughter the unique life forms that we hunger for, destroy the ecosystems we live within, and waste the areas we have no use for, we are setting the stage for our final exit.  We are going to go extinct.  In fact, in many ways we are already the dead.

“Humanity is not without answers or solutions regarding how to liberate itself from scenarios that invariably end with mass exterminations. Tools such as compassion, trust, empathy, love, and ethical discernment are already in our possession. The next sensible step would be to use them."

Splendid Literarium: A Treasury of Stories, Aphorisms, Poems, and Essays

“A shell in the pit," said I, "if the worst comes to worst will kill them all."

The intense excitement of the events had no doubt left my perceptive powers in a state of erethism. I remember that dinner table with extraordinary vividness even now. My dear wife's sweet anxious face peering at me from under the pink lampshade, the white cloth with it silver and glass table furniture—for in those days even philosophical writers had luxuries—the crimson-purple wine in my glass, are photographically distinct. At the end of it I sat, tempering nuts with a cigarette, regretting Ogilvy's rashness, and denouncing the shortsighted timidity of the Martians.

So some respectable dodo in the Mauritius might have lorded it in his nest, and discussed the arrival of that shipful of pitiless sailors in want of animal food. "We will peck them to death tomorrow, my dear.”

H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Changing times.

I am in a world that has transformed from a world of old values and ideals to one of actions alone.  Words mean nothing.  It is obvious due to the meaningless apologies sent whenever someone is offended.  If apologies meant anything they'd be given with meaning, rather than of the sort "I am sorry if you were offended".

As a poet my effort to address the world involves words.  Soon I'll have to set myself on fire to draw attention to myself to make my words have value.

Stay tuned.
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