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The Pact of the Twelve

Flank to flank they lie none the older

no memory for those felled here

It was certain that hell had flamed over

that brothers had shackled their fear

 

“We’ll not beg for mercy or quarter

We’ll compromise all we hold dear

We’ll go though we’re husbands and fathers

with eyes that relinquish no tear”

 

By brawn of their backs and their druther

And resolve to die by the here

“We’ll die by the now — no surrender!”

and charged they as Reaper drew near

 

Through lopsided slaughter they bore it

thirst quenched but by sweat from their brow

For they twelve in unison swore it

to die by the here and the now

 

By Almighty God and with honor,

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Mason
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Mason

Not sure if I see waste, sadness, loss – or honor, loyalty, and bravery. It strikes me both ways. Very conflicting emotionally.

clluelo
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clluelo

Same ,

homanj1
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homanj1

I see it both ways, but my bottom line is it depends on if you are on the side of the 12 or on the side of the Reaper…

yankeepapausmc
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yankeepapausmc

Mason,

I quoted a few lines to George’s piece… but seeing that you and others are conflicted, I’m posting up the entire quotation by Jerry Pournelle.

“…To stand on the firing parapet and expose yourself to danger; to stand and fight a thousand miles from home when you’re all alone and outnumbered and probably beaten; to spit on your hands and lower the pike; to stand fast over the body of Leonidas the King; to be rear guard at Kunu-Ri; to stand and be still to the Birkenhead Drill; these are not rational acts. They are often merely necessary…”

-YP-

Mason
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Mason

That’s thing YP – they stood, because it needed to be done. Was it a waste, will it be forgotten, did it really matter? Even taking all those things into consideration, a part of me reveres them. I fear that means I am entranced with death, or hopelessness? Not sure, fought a fight like that once for my daughter. Gave everything, in the end it didn’t matter – and yet, I can only be envious of their sacrifice. I admire those who will stand, against egregious odds, in a cause of righteousness (or so they may believe), even if the… Read more »

yankeepapausmc
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yankeepapausmc

Mason, The surviving Spartans who stood over the body of Leonidas, their king. Had they yielded up his body, they would have been allowed to leave. Their cultural upbringing and their soldiers’ honor forbade it. Had the Persians taken Leonidas’ body in such a manner and allowed the survivors to leave… the damage would have been hard to calculate. The whole point of the Spartans not only being the rear guard to the larger Greek force heading back to Corinth…but dying to the last man… was to demonstrate to those Greek city states that had not “Meadized” that the Spartans… Read more »

Mason
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Mason

Thank you. You are correct, if they had not stood, history would have changed.

susanh
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susanh

“…could not be defeated… merely killed.” Ah, yes; there is a difference, isn’t there, YP?

clluelo
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clluelo

I feel you Mason. As honourable as it is ,I wonder if live to fight another day a better choice . The spirit and life force of the King left his body and they are sacrificing for a container not the king.
While I have respect for the resolve and honour I am conflicted

yankeepapausmc
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yankeepapausmc

Clluelo, All through Western European/American history, right up to the end of the 19th Century men in Western armies have died to keep “The Colors” (National and regimental flags) in their hands. Many Civil War battles… one color bearer after another shot down and another took his place. Men who were of no mind to perish in “Advancing the Colors…” often became the first to risk their lives when the Colors in danger of falling into enemy hands. A disgrace to allow the Colors to fall into enemy hands…excusable only by there being no survivors. In extremis, Colors should be… Read more »

susanh
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susanh

Outstanding, YP.

susanh
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susanh

Wonderful, YP. Thank you.

yankeepapausmc
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yankeepapausmc

George,

“…to stand fast over the body of Leonidas the King; to be rear guard at Kunu-Ri; these are not rational acts. They are often merely necessary…” -Jerry Pournelle-

-Yankee Papa-

Mic-Mac
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Mic-Mac

Wow, geo, that is one hell of a gut-wrenching poem that reflects the reality of what only some can truly articulate to others. I feel so many feelings that like a sap of a woman I just want to cry.

shooten1st
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shooten1st

Powerful Geo. Any context to the picture? I’m guessing WWI.

susanh
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susanh

Wow. Very powerful, Geo. Thank you.

Susan B
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Susan B

Enough words to give power to the imagination. Few enough to keep it from being diluted. Quite a picture…!

rynosbucket
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rynosbucket

Wow!! That moved my emotions all around the room. Very Good, Geo.

Luke Ryan

I realized I hadn’t commented on this yet. Very powerful.

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