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Thursday, May 1, 2014


is a poem I've written in honor of the UK's 307th "birthday", the day on which the Acts of Union between Scotland and England were signed on May 1, 1707. May she celebrate many more! 

P.S. Also, blessed feast of St. Joseph the Worker!


United by breaking waves
And surging blood
And the same paths paved
In the same sod

United by tattered cloth
And winds that whip
And the same high cost
And the same ship

United by hot blue steel
And cold gray clouds
And the same strange seal
And the same vow

United by summer storms
And winds that tear
And the fight that looms
With a harsh glare

United by broken bones
And Covenants kept
And the same deep groans
And tears wept

United by shameful wrongs
And a righteous fire
And the same lilting song
And the same lyre

United by ancient crown
And a rebel streak
And the same victories won
By the same sweat

United – why break cords?
Why sever the ties?
Why strike with the sword
And, silent, die?

Unity – running fast
Like the sand on the shore
If it slips through your grasp....

It is no more

"Unity -- running fast like the sand on the shore...."


  1. Hmmm... you might be interested to know that May 1 was also, according to the calendar put together by Tolkien (found in the indices to "Return of the King") the day that Aragorn was crowned king of Gondor - the beginning of a new era of peace and joy for his people, and the return of a noble lineage that for many had long existed only in song and memory. I can't help but wonder if Tolkien, who loved his homeland dearly and wanted to create a fantasy "for" her, made the dates coincide on purpose?

    - Katherine

  2. Thanks for commemorating the UK's birthday! Let's hope there are three hundred and seven more, at least.

  3. Dear Mack, Katherine, and Henry,

    Thank you all for reading! I do indeed hope and pray the UK has another 307 birthdays, at least. I've grown irrepressibly fond of the place....;-)

    Katherine, I think that's an interesting connection between the crowning of Aragorn and the UK's b-day, though I highly doubt Tolkien consciously connected the two. From what I've read, he was quite the Anglo-Saxon nationalist, and meant LotR to be dedicated specifically to England as opposed to all of Britain. That having been said, I'm going to bring up that unintended connection more often in conversation with my beloved "Ringers"! ;-)