Richard e Hill - a Writer's Journal

When Knights Were Kings - The Soldier

Selected opinions from a seeking mind

COMMENTARY

When Kings were Knights

 

Kings once led their armies onto the battlefields. The casualties were mainly confined to combatants, as conflict was resolved accordingly. Weapons too were singular in purpose i.e. one arrow, one kill. As the world became more civilized the issues of concern broadened and boundaries changed; then the brunt of casualties was shifted to the general non-combatant populace. Weaponry increased in proficiency and sophistication. Slings and arrows have evolved into missiles and saturation bombing as the Kings are far removed from the confrontation of forces. Grief and destruction are the common denominators.

Politics is absent on the battlefield; victory is determined by casualties not parliamentary procedures. Non-combatants suffer the brunt of the toll because kings are no longer knights.

 

 

The world was large, separated by oceans, mountains, deserts and rivers. Now everyone is within a satellite transmission; further connected by unions, federations, organizations and treaties. We have the capability to speak to anyone; what is lacking is the ability to listen.

 

 

 

Are we protecting and advancing freedom or exacerbating its demise?

 

 

The Soldier

 

The common man with Superman's task

 

Sentry carrying the lantern to light Freedom's torch

 

Everyman in 'no mans land', one of the boys in the band

 

Valedictorian, star athlete, most likely to succeed, upward bound

 

The fringe struggling to make team or grades that turned his life around

 

Confident youth saying I'll see you soon to kin

 

A maiden in duty instead of beauty dress

 

Husband bidding adieu to newborn unseen or children never seen again

 

All pause in embrace before destiny's wall

 

 Last kiss as first kiss is always recalled. . .


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