Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Then and Now...Then......


Siege of Antioch, 1st Crusade
To capture the City of God
Journey of holiness
Painted by in a thick
Line of religion and inquisition.
A quest, a crusade
To rescue what is and is not
Sacred.

Jerusalem and spices.
Gold and silk.
To kill and take.
To kill and take more.

Painted line
Grows wider,
Becomes stronger,
Killing in the name
Of ?what? whom?

Finely penned ink on parchment,
moments captured for history to see,
to judge. 


“Then you might have seen many a banner and pennon of various forms floating in the breeze—helmets with crests, brilliant with jewels, and shining mails, and shields, emblazoned with lions, or flying dragons in gold.”

Geoffrey de Vinsauf, itinerary of Richard 1.
Pope Urban II
To do what is right...  Then....

Bloody...Bloodier...Bloodiest

Line painted
By a thick brush
And red paint
Of hate and heretics.
New ideology.  New horror.
Live for all to see,
To judge.

ISIS fighters in June.
...and now

What will be written?  What will be said?  What will be done?  Who can even quess?

22 comments:

  1. A sad circle, eh? Thought provoking, Susan....

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    1. A mobeus circle? Oh, God help us! I hope not.

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  2. Hatred, especially in the name of God, has been ongoing since history has been written.

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  3. We just don't seem to get any better do we?

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    1. No lesson learned? No end to greed and anarchy.

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  4. What is done is the name of religion is sacrilege!

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  5. Same old crap around and around again. Humans are rather pathetic.

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    1. Mankind BC and AD have done a royal messy job when it comes to war.

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  6. I love the way you tie in the old with the new. I have thought about the crusades lately, and about all the other horrors done in the name of religion. Many of us probably have. But what you did here was so tight and so well done.

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    1. The old with the new--difference is the better more effecient weapons.

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  7. Religious wars are the most insane. Ironic that they look the same now as they did then. Maybe worse.

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    1. To slaughter the innocent in the name of any god is a cruel sin.

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  8. We epitomise 'slow learners' don't we. And would no doubt refuse to go to a class designed to help...

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    1. If only the military leaders could be transported (Star Trek fan here) and be forced to depend on each other to survive...

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  9. Religious wars? Really? Or was religion always just a pretext to wage war?
    IS don’t even pretend they are killing for a God, any kind of God.

    I am not a bloodthirsty person, quite a pacifist really, but I’d gladly do all in my power to sweep IS off the face of the earth.

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    1. Amen! These ISIS are a scourge on humanity. All countries must join to destroy them.

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  10. From swords and shields to guns and masks.
    Not much has changed in all this time.

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    1. Things have changed and then again have not changed. That would make quite a discussion.

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  11. You've got to be taught before it's too late,
    Before you are six or seven or eight,
    To hate all the people your relatives hate,
    You've got to be carefully taught!

    South Pacific.This is just the end from the Rodger's and Hammerstein musical, but has been my favorite. Simple words but so true. Thanks, Susan

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    1. That musical was a ground-breaker about racism and hate...the two couples kept apart...

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!