April 12th, 2006


WW I poetry

Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries

These, in the day when heaven was falling,
The hour when earth's foundations fled,
Followed their mercenary calling,
And took their wages, and are dead.

Their shoulders held the sky suspended;
They stood, and earth's foundations stay;
What God abandoned, these defended,
And saved the sum of things for pay.

-- A.E. Housman

In the First Battle of Ypres (1914), a whole regiment of British regulars was wiped out acting as rearguard to the retreating army. Derided as "mercenaries" by the Germans, who had a conscript army, Housman immortalized the professional soldiers of the British Army with these lines.
hound of heaven

A little sunlight on the trolls

I just finished posting a comment to a secular humanist troll over on christianity that I would think it extremely rude to wander into a secular humanist site or a Wiccan site or a Mormon site and start challenging everybody's basic assumptions. This in response to him accusing me of preaching at him without understanding him!

Really, some people have no sense that there is "our" house and "your" house and the public street, and there is a different code of behavior for each. While in "your" house, I don't call all that you hold dear wrong; while in "our" house, I will not tolerate it from you, either.

There are communities which are intended to be a public street, a place where people can carry their signs and provoke a confrontation. That's fine. You knew that going in. But as wide open as the membership of christianity is intended to be, it is nevertheless supposed to be a supportive community for all sorts of Christian (NOT non-Xtn) expression.

I really, really try to ignore the trolls. But in the end, it's up to all of us to demand proper behavior when we meet improper behavior. The trolls have been taking over the community. Squirrels I can live with (our own, Xtn, fanatics); trolls need to be told where the boundaries are.

Anybody else feel this way?

Products of an indifferent poetaster

inhim asked me to republish some of my poetry that I posted last year (or at least, provide links). There were a few poems, a couple of hymns/songs . . . Anyway, here are some of the things I laid on my few readers when I was just starting to LJ. (Cut for those who can resist rubbernecking at the traffic accident.) EDIT: See comments for more poems.Collapse )