Friday, November 11, 2016

OTI:three poems, notes, one emoticom:11/11/16

Open To Interpretation

Robert Graves

So, so
You were successful
And left us for that other trench
And now you want to come back.
Not many successful tales
Have that plot,
But we'll make room
And think of something
And send you back
Where you now belong.


So, so
We're killing someone over there
With bombs and bullets
Made in the USA
And you want to go on and on
With these solemn
Medal bedecked memorials.
Those flowers wilt in a day.
Over there they tiptoe through
Those metallic tulips

Decisions Decisions

So so
You think it's right
You think it's wrong
You think it's weak
You think it's strong
Tell me
When the bullets whiz by my ears
What you decide
If it won't take too long.


Notes: Robert Graves...reference Goodbye To All That by Robert Graves, his personal tale of WW1...that title, I think, is from an old Greek tragedy, the one with the watch towers on mountain tops from Troy to Greece lighting their signaling bonfires to report the victory at Troy...the first soldier to report at Agamemnon's palace goes on about things, and in passing says, 'goodbye to all that'...the ten year siege of Troy...I happened on that in a translation I haven't again happened on!...anyway, it's 11/11/11 again...Decisions Decisions...generic from my generation's era...and still the case for current it, this one is a curio!...'flowers wilt' is hackneyed, a low hanging conceit, but I wanted to get to a 'flower' that doesn't wilt, namely the bombs and bullets...and that old song 'Tiptoe through the Tulips' came to mind...kind of hoped it was WW1 era song...Tiny Tim certainly gave it that old time recording tinny sound, but no, composed in 1929...anyway, 'tulip' for the bombs and bullets is apt!...the flower buds look a bit like a hand grenade, and the underground bulbs are like land mines, which is a fit with tip toeing...normally I wouldn't lay this all out, but studying out tulips, which I did before for another poem, it's sacred to some goddess...brb...oh, I cant recall what I was on about before with's in the notes for a poem back their a ways...anyway, it is native to Turkey and the Middle East (that post about the Turkish national park has it...Mount Sipylus and Cyble)...anyway, tulips are native to, as it happens, those places currently in conflict, from Turkey and the Middle East, all the way over to the Central Asian borders with China...maybe it's a climate thing!...there's a lot of symbolism to tulips, most of it romantic, but it appears on Iran's current flag in an abstract script that translates out as the name of God in the shape of a tulip...Tulips too are Iran's mention of fallen soldiers who defended Iran, their martyrs...and so tulips have a laden meaning to many...curiously, the Iranian flag is a tricolor...


A tricolour is a type of flag or banner design with a triband design which originated in the 16th century as a symbol of republicanism, liberty or indeed revolution.


...our flag is a tricolor...anyway, looking at the little location map of Iran at the wiki page, I took note of the big body of water to the east of the Black Sea...what's that?...the Caspian Sea...Central Asia is just like out of sight out of mind...but I've been there before in a the ramp up to the first gulf war there was some nervousness about how the Russians would respond...Iraq was arms trading ally...all those tanks we blew up were Russian, and in a back and forth talk in a forum, it popped into my head to post, 'Beware the Caspian Gates'...notion being that any troop movements by Russia would go through the Gates to get to Iraq...that may still be a notion!...but there have been times in history when what was on the other side of the Gates, the Central Asian barbarian hordes, were a genuine fear...that's why the gates are there!...they are also known as the Gates of's remarkable the impression Alexander the Great left on the Persians...some of their lore has it he built the Gates, even though they predate his conquest...Gog and Magog are said to be on the other side of the Gates...just waiting...


The early Muslim traditions were summarised by Zakariya al-Qazwini (d. 1283) in two popular works called the Cosmography and the Geography. Gog and Magog, he says, live near to the sea that encircles the Earth and can be counted only by God; they are only half the height of a normal man, with claws instead of nails and a hairy tail and huge hairy ears which they use as mattress and cover for sleeping.[104] They scratch at their wall each day until they almost break through, and each night God restores it, but when they do break through they will be so numerous that "their vanguard is in Syria and their rear in Khorasan".[


physical walls don't work too well...they keep them out, but they also keep one in...treaties and deals are the tradition...if a wall goes up between us and Mexico, treaties will come down...example: Israel and the Palestinians...but the evangelical hordes want their fight, and have their heavily made up proponents...INSIDIOUS - "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" - Music Video...eesh...


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