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Junker

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Through a Glass, Darkly
« on: February 24, 2008, 12:37:59 pm »

Through a Glass, Darkly

edit in: by Gen'l George Patton


Through the travail of the ages,
Midst the pomp and toil of war,
Have I fought and strove and perished
Countless times upon this star.

In the form of many people
In all panoplies of time
Have I seen the luring vision
Of the Victory Maid, sublime.

I have battled for fresh mammoth,
I have warred for pastures new,
I have listed to the whispers
When the race trek instinct grew.

I have known the call to battle
In each changeless changing shape
From the high souled voice of conscience
To the beastly lust for rape.

I have sinned and I have suffered,
Played the hero and the knave;
Fought for belly, shame, or country,
And for each have found a grave.

I cannot name my battles
For the visions are not clear,
Yet, I see the twisted faces
And I feel the rending spear.

Perhaps I stabbed our Savior
In His sacred helpless side.
Yet, I've called His name in blessing
When after times I died.

In the dimness of the shadows
Where we hairy heathens warred,
I can taste in thought the lifeblood;
We used teeth before the sword.

While in later clearer vision
I can sense the coppery sweat,
Feel the pikes grow wet and slippery
When our Phalanx, Cyrus met.

Hear the rattle of the harness
Where the Persian darts bounced clear,
See their chariots wheel in panic
From the Hoplite's leveled spear.

See the goal grow monthly longer,
Reaching for the walls of Tyre.
Hear the crash of tons of granite,
Smell the quenchless eastern fire.

Still more clearly as a Roman,
Can I see the Legion close,
As our third rank moved in forward
And the short sword found our foes.

Once again I feel the anguish
Of that blistering treeless plain
When the Parthian showered death bolts,
And our discipline was in vain.

I remember all the suffering
Of those arrows in my neck.
Yet, I stabbed a grinning savage
As I died upon my back.

Once again I smell the heat sparks
When my Flemish plate gave way
And the lance ripped through my entrails
As on Crecy's field I lay.

In the windless, blinding stillness
Of the glittering tropic sea
I can see the bubbles rising
Where we set the captives free.

Midst the spume of half a tempest
I have heard the bulwarks go
When the crashing, point blank round shot
Sent destruction to our foe.

I have fought with gun and cutlass
On the red and slippery deck
With all Hell aflame within me
And a rope around my neck.

And still later as a General
Have I galloped with Murat
When we laughed at death and numbers
Trusting in the Emperor's Star.

Till at last our star faded,
And we shouted to our doom
Where the sunken road of Ohein
Closed us in it's quivering gloom.

So but now with Tanks a'clatter
Have I waddled on the foe
Belching death at twenty paces,
By the star shell's ghastly glow.

So as through a glass, and darkly
The age long strife I see
Where I fought in many guises,
Many names, but always me.

And I see not in my blindness
What the objects were I wrought,
But as God rules o'er our bickerings
It was through His will I fought.

So forever in the future,
Shall I battle as of yore,
Dying to be born a fighter,
But to die again, once more.
« Last Edit: February 25, 2008, 06:58:32 pm by Junker »
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cowardly lion

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Re: Through a Glass, Darkly
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2008, 12:35:26 pm »

Nice, Junker.

Post this in Writer's Block, as well.

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Re: Through a Glass, Darkly
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2008, 12:51:40 pm »

Sorry, it's NOT mine... I'd thought all would recognize it.

It is by Gen'l George Patton, WW2 fame & George Scott movie.

I'd always liked it so thought I'd post it for everyones reading.
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Re: Through a Glass, Darkly
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2008, 06:41:24 pm »

Quote
Sorry, it's NOT mine...

I was afraid of that . . . . but since you didn't attribute . . . .
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Sic semper tyrannis, baby!    - Joel Simon

As much as we may not want to consider it, we must have a mindset that enables us to do instant and devastating violence in defense of self and/or loved ones.   -Dave Champion

It's not unusual to run into folks in the internet that are dense enough to have event horizons.

Remember, remember, the fifth of November . . . .

Don't mistake my silence for weakness - no one plans a murder out loud.

Junker

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Re: Through a Glass, Darkly
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2008, 06:57:16 pm »

Yeah well, so I learn...never assume everyone else has seen it too.

And for that, thank you.

Actually, I'll go edit the post. :-)
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Re: Through a Glass, Darkly
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2008, 09:44:54 pm »

General George S. Patton, Jr. One of my heroes since I was a boy. The Nazis were scared shitless of him, and so was Eisenhower, LOL. After the "slapping incident", Marshall and Ike knew that if they sent Patton home they would probably never win the war.

They should have listened to Patton about the Soviets, but Ike was too busy kissing Stalin's ass...


~ Cap
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Re: Through a Glass, Darkly
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2008, 06:21:40 am »

General George S. Patton, Jr. One of my heroes since I was a boy. The Nazis were scared shitless of him, and so was Eisenhower, LOL. After the "slapping incident", Marshall and Ike knew that if they sent Patton home they would probably never win the war.

They should have listened to Patton about the Soviets, but Ike was too busy kissing Stalin's ass...


~ Cap

Don't forget about that evil president we had that had homosexual fantasies about old Joe.
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Re: Through a Glass, Darkly
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2008, 12:39:55 pm »

General George S. Patton, Jr. One of my heroes since I was a boy. The Nazis were scared shitless of him, and so was Eisenhower, LOL. After the "slapping incident", Marshall and Ike knew that if they sent Patton home they would probably never win the war.

They should have listened to Patton about the Soviets, but Ike was too busy kissing Stalin's ass...


~ Cap

Don't forget about that evil president we had that had homosexual fantasies about old Joe.

Which president was that, Bedwere? Fill us in....

Salute!
Elias
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Re: Through a Glass, Darkly
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2008, 02:26:58 pm »

General George S. Patton, Jr. One of my heroes since I was a boy. The Nazis were scared shitless of him, and so was Eisenhower, LOL. After the "slapping incident", Marshall and Ike knew that if they sent Patton home they would probably never win the war.

They should have listened to Patton about the Soviets, but Ike was too busy kissing Stalin's ass...


~ Cap

Don't forget about that evil president we had that had homosexual fantasies about old Joe.

Which president was that, Bedwere? Fill us in....

Salute!
Elias

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Re: Through a Glass, Darkly
« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2008, 12:09:58 pm »

Meh - I'd like Patton more if he hadn't been in (partial?) command of the force that smashed the Bonus Army...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonus_Army

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Re: Through a Glass, Darkly
« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2008, 02:27:25 pm »

Meh - I'd like Patton more if he hadn't been in (partial?) command of the force that smashed the Bonus Army...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonus_Army



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