A tribute to writers, and those who have inspired them to write:
THE SALUTE OF THE LEGION
The Coliseum floor is covered by neat, orderly, ranks of Warriors.
They carry the accoutrements of their profession with pride, and confidence.
Confidence in their ability to acquit themselves well, and bring honor to their family, and country, and those from whom they continue to learn to hone their skills.
As they gaze out at the seats around them, filled to the top with all the people who have played a role in helping them get this far, they prepare to pay homage to them on the verge of what is to come....
The Field of Ideas is covered by neat, orderly, ranks of nervous, yet eager, wordsmiths.
Men, women, boys, and girls, of all ages, races, and religious, and political backrounds, dressed in whatever they feel most comfortable in to perform the tasks they have set for themselves beyond this day.
They carry, laptops, notebooks, pens, and pencils, with pride, and confidence.
Confidence in their ability to acquit themselves well as journalists, poets, fiction, and non-fiction writers of all types, and bring honor to their family, and friends, who encouraged them, the writers who inspired them, and the teachers, whether in the classroom, or in books bought off the store shelf, from whom they strived to learn the craft of writing.
As they gaze out at the mass of people gathered around them, all the people who have played a role in helping them get this far, they prepare to pay homage to them on the verge of what is to come....
All conversation stops...
The ranks come to attention...
And, as one, they extend their weapons of choice in front of them, and speak...
Their voices ringing loud, and strong, so no-one could fail to hear them...
WE, WHO ARE ABOUT TO WRITE, SALUTE YOU!!!
When I wrote this, back in 2004, a friend and I had a conversation about it:
"neat, orderly, ranks of Warriors"
ME: Writers, of all types, are Warriors in the eternal Battle of Ideas. ;-D
And writers are the foundation of
society (building metaphor).
And help ideas bloom (plant metaphor).
And shoot down others' ideas (gun metaphor). ;-D
ME: Writers dish out Food for Thought. (Cooking Metaphor?). ;-D
JASPAR: Writers do it with pens (sex metaphor). ;-D