Loyalty, Honour, and the Swearing of Oaths

| December 5, 2020

Mind ye now the river’s flowing, Sift ye out what’s wished from knowing, Master thee thy come and going, Trim thy sails, the wind is blowing. So here’s the lesson you must learn, To prep thy vessel, stem to stern. You choose alone what bridges burn, Then steer her hence, there’s no return. ~ Commitment […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 28: Then

| October 28, 2020

Rudyard Kipling’s If is among my favourite poems, and a distinct lack of familiarity with what it says is an unsurprisingly common thread among those I refer to as the GU (Great Unwashed). Even as I make no pretense of being equal to Kipling, as tonight’s Dark Sentiment I offer … Then By LFM If […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 27: The Evil That Men Do

| October 27, 2020

The Evil That Men Do By LFM Everyone’s the villain in Another person’s tale. The hoarder of all happiness, The cause of every fail. The villain need not make a move By deed or word or thought, Than benefit from any good His midnight oil has wrought. The victim seeks to claim the prize Denying […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 21: Worse End of the World Than Thou — Part the Second

| October 21, 2020

When last we met it was to look at a world in panic at a steadily building sense of dreadful certainty that all would be snuffed out by something that had been noticed to occur at 75 year intervals and that at no point in recorded history had done anything but come and go with […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 20: Worse End of the World Than Thou — Part the First

| October 20, 2020

The longer I live and write about the experience, the more I find that without prior knowledge of what I was referring to or clues provided in the content, it’s possible for someone to read something I’ve written in the past and believe it’s about what was in the news this morning. For example, there’s […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 17: The New Normal

| October 17, 2020

Every societal upheaval gives birth to period specific terms. This is most commonly brought to the fore when soldiers return from war, and every major conflict births a dictionary all its own. But it doesn’t take a war. for as we will discuss today, the current world wide pestilential unpleasantness is societal upheaval enough for […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 16: Tender Bites

| October 16, 2020

Hard times bring some to self-justify the most heinous of acts. A few even pre-position themselves for it as I have chronicled in the matter of a young technician I was once called upon to mentor: “… in the midst of the long hot summer of 1981 the Halifax Police Department went on strike and […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 14: Uglification

| October 14, 2020

Uglification By LFM When the ideal state of any nation’s Not shared across its population, And any voiced opposed opinions Call to arms the frenzied minions, With history and fiction melding, Mark you now your freedom’s gelding. When princes vie for favour’s sway Each pre-proclaimed he’s won the day, Disciples bleed upon the grass, Unknowing […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 13: Grist for the Mill

| October 13, 2020

Grist for the Mill By LFM Tim lives in the city in a tiny wee flat, He says he hates “fascists” and wears a black hat. He has lots of friends and they go on the town To fix what is broken by burning it down. Dontrell finds his fire in historical crimes, Committed by […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 7: A Box Full of Chosenness

| October 7, 2020

“The matter, then, is not that we are different from one another. It springs from zealotry, and that, dear reader, is born of the idea of chosenness – that you and yours hold exclusivity of right as the beloved and preferred of your deity, or even political doctrine. Chosenness in spiritual terms goes far beyond […]