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Archive for June 19th, 2013

Cover the sky with greens,

Blot out the clouds that tumble

pell-mell,-

Oh not this hour and not this moment!

Magical is the earth;

I hear green shoots a –stirring

 And there is a feast as I can see from here:

The ants all bear their share and

birds humming over their preserve

Are sated to  take to the skies

Again.

Speckled light in descent 

scatters across the boughs,- and caught

on the gossamer throb of dragonflies

Has woven its silken net for me-

In their festive communion

I am bound and yet I dream that

these are not for the world weary

But Annunciation of  childhood:

The spring is here!

benny

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Attila the Hun (406-453AD)

Chief of Hun tribes, came to be known as the “Scourge of God”, because of the devastation he brought on the Roman Empire. In search of living space he ventured as far as Constaninople having heard of great wealth and luxury that marked it  as New York is in our times.

Attila invaded the eastern half of the Roman empire in the 440. When an earthquake occurred Attila accepted a peace offer  from Theodosius II, the East Roman Emperor, according to which he was to receive an annual fee in gold and land. However, an unsuccessful campaign in Persia prompted a second invasion of the Eastern Roman Empire in 441, the success of which emboldened Attila to invade the West. He passed unhindered through Austria and Germany, across the Rhine and into Gaul.

Plundering and devastating all in his path, with a ferocity unparalleled in the records of barbarian invasions, Attila compelled those he overcame to augment his mighty army.

Attila

In 450, he attacked Gaul of the Western Empire, and the west is where he focused much of his attention in his final years. Aetius, Roman general, united forces with the Visigoths in response to the invasion, and the Huns were stopped at Orleans. The Western Empire also won the Battle of the Catalunian Plains, and Attila turned his attentions to Italy, but was forced to turn back, due to the presence of an epidemic. Pope Leo I coerced him to leave and he did. 

In our time Hitler took a leaf out of the Hun’s example to savage Russia the inhabitants of which he treated as subhuman race. History repeats not necessarily in a tidy manner.

Atilla died following the celebration of his marriage to Idico in 453 AD, and his empire crumbled soon after his death.

benny

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The Midnight Skaters

 

The hop-poles stand in cones,


The icy pond lurks under,


The pole-tops steeple to the thrones


Of stars, sound gulfs of wonder;


But not the tallest there, ’tis said,


Could fathom to this pond’s black bed.

 

 
Then is not death at watch


Within those secret waters?


What wants he but to catch


Earth’s heedless sons and daughters?


With but a crystal parapet


Between, he has his engines set.


 


Then on, blood shouts, on, on,


Twirl, wheel and whip above him,


Dance on this ball-floor thin and wan,


Use him as though you love him;


Court him, elude him, reel and pass,


And let him hate you through the glass.

Edmund Blunden(1896-1974)

 

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