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A Spell on the Eve of Bombing Syria

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 Sometimes things don't go, after all,
 from bad to worse. Some years, muscadel
 faces down frost; green thrives; the crops don't fail.
 Sometimes a man aims high, and all goes well.

 A people sometimes will step back from war,
 elect an honest man, decide they care
 enough, that they can't leave some stranger poor.
 Some men become what they were born for.

 Sometimes our best intentions do not go
 amiss; sometimes we do as we meant to.
 The sun will sometimes melt a field of sorrow
 that seemed hard frozen; may it happen for you.

~ Sheenagh Pugh
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HecateDemeter is a woman, a Witch, a mother, a grandmother, an ecofeminist, a lawyer, a gardener, a reader, a writer, and a priestess of the Great Mother Earth.


  • Jamie
    Jamie Tuesday, 03 September 2013

    A beautiful prayer!

    For the love of the Gods, I hope we don't get involved in a war against another Muslim country.

    As a Platonist Hellenic Pagan, my heart goes out to the descendants of Iamblichus and Syrianus and Damascius. Once upon a time, Syria's philosopher-priests were among the most highly-regarded spiritual leaders of the late antique Pagan world. The Alawite Muslims, heavily influenced by Platonist thought, were known (at least in the past) to revere Plato as semi-divine. The Scholarchs look on from Elysium and weep for Syria, the birthplace of 'Neo' Platonist Paganism.

    Syria is an artificial nation, its present borders serving the divide-and-conquer strategies of 1920s France. Like Yugoslavia before it, only a military strongman could maintain order amongst ethnic groups who have centuries of sectarian hatred between them. Now that Pandora's Box has been flung wide open, the oxymoronic 'civil' war could sunder Syria until the last Alawite and the last Christian have been strangled to death by the entrails of the last Sunni.

    Syria also has a large Russian naval base right off its coast, and due to this arrangement has some of the world's best military hardware. Anyone who tells you that U.S. involvement will not escalate, and will not involve creating more American war widows, is clearly living on Fantasy Island.

    We had our own civil war in the U.S.A., and untold atrocities were committed on both sides...regardless of what you were taught in school. Are the Assad forces' war crimes or those of the petro-dollar oil sheiks' "Free Syrian Army" mercenaries truly any worse than those of our own ancestors?

    Father Zeus, please let us stay out of this.

  • Gus diZerega
    Gus diZerega Friday, 06 September 2013

    Well said.

  • Greybeard
    Greybeard Wednesday, 04 September 2013

    All hail saint Obama, and all his supporters.

  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor Wednesday, 04 September 2013

    Beautiful poem; are you Sheenagh, HecateDemeter?

    I suppose that when the UN drafted the law against any nation ever again using chemical weapons, it never occurred to anyone that such horrific atrocities would ever again be contemplated - and that no nation would, therefore, ever be placed in the position of having to enforce the punishment for its infringement. I do not envy our president, finding himself between yet another rock and another hard place. Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.

  • Peggy
    Peggy Monday, 09 September 2013

    I agree completely! We need to step back--any action on our part will only exacerbate this situation.

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