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27 May 2013 @ 08:30 pm
"for Glory, God, or Spanish Gold"  
Today is Memorial Day in the US, the holiday commemorating those who have died while active in the armed forces, serving and protecting the rest of us. It began as "Decoration Day" after the Civil War, in which the "decoration" was of the graves of the war's dead. These days, sometimes, sentiment extends it also to those who have died as first-responders — police, firefighters, paramedics.

I hope that I do not in any way trivialize the holiday's solemn due by saying that its timing this year, as we gear up [community profile] fkficfest/fkficfest, connected in my mind with some elements of FK's story. [personal profile] skieswideopen made an observation this weekend that reminded me that, whatever happened later, conquistador Vachon died, a young soldier, on a battlefield far, far from his home. Though gravely wounded, crusader Nick survived his battlefields in body, and yet, as [personal profile] melissatreglia noted a week or so ago, the "deutero-canon" from that venerable Jim Parriot interview is that Nick was a prisoner of war — enduring captivity in the Levant before eventually, somehow, making his way back to France — incomparably changed from Gwyneth's blithe lover into Lacroix's disillusioned prey. Lacroix, of course, as a general (probably "legate," properly) of Roman legions, perpetrated what we today recognize as war crimes.

Of course the late Susan G.'s 1995 FK poem "Old Soldiers," inspired by the Raven scene in "My Boyfriend is a Vampire," came to mind. If you haven't read it yet, don't miss it. (If you don't usually like poetry, try reading it aloud; give it a chance.)

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greerwatsongreerwatson on May 28th, 2013 07:56 am (UTC)
Is this the Bright Knight Recommendation for May? (Wistful thoughts of recs gone by.)
Amy R.: Faithbrightknightie on May 29th, 2013 04:44 am (UTC)
In a way, I guess it is. :-) And shame on me for never before formally recommending a poem!

I do still keep meaning to get the recommendations project back on track, but I haven't been able to find the time. What's the saying -- "life is what happens instead of your plans"? ~wry~
Rhi: LaCroix redgryphonrhi on May 28th, 2013 07:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the link to the poem; I hadn't seen it before.
Amy R.: Faithbrightknightie on May 29th, 2013 04:41 am (UTC)
You're welcome.

We were so blessed to have Susan M. Garrett in our fandom.