Friday, March 14, 2008

The Tides of March - Sunrise, Assassination and Sally Kern


This is the soul-warming view from the office today - the office this week being a hotel in Key Biscayne. It's the last day of my work here in Florida before heading home to Oklahoma and I finally found a few minutes away from it to capture one of these magnificent sunrises that occur here nearly every morning. You see, watching sunrises and photography make up a big part of my "lifestyle"...as does birdwatching and hiking.


Which brings me to a small point I would like to make -- but you need to read on - to the bottom of the post, past the pretty pictures. Tomorrow is the Ides of March and I am going to use my Skywatch Friday forum to make just an ever so slight protest. The recent controversy over a certain Oklahoman pulls at my heartstrings like these gravitational tides of March.

In the Roman calendar the term ides was used for the 15th day of the months of March, May, July and October, and the 13th day of the other 8 months. In modern times, the term Ides of March (Latin Idus Martiae) is best known as the date that Julius Caesar was assassinated to be removed from power. The term has come to be used as a metaphor for impending doom.

There is a disgust-inducing, mean-spirited Oklahoma state legislator, elected to represent the very same little humble square mile of district where I was born and raised that has put my little birthplace at the epicenter of controversy. This representative elected "by the people for the people" has gone on record saying my lifestyle is a bigger threat to the safety and security of America than the terrorists associated with September 11. That's a serious indictment against birdwatching, hiking, photography and the appreciation of fantastic sunrises.

Perhaps her character assassination on me and, likewise, a decent number of the world's population was timed for these Ides of March. I would hope that her removal from office would follow swiftly - swept away by the tide against her. The uproar and protest has been heard around the world. These loud voices of objection make me proud to be a resident Oklahoman and citizen of this planet.

Sally Kern you may be my elected representative but you do not speak for me or many of my neighbors. I hope you truly find your god someday - you might start by looking at these sunrises - they are full of god and short on words. If only you could find a way to be like them - for the moment it seems unlikely. What does seem likely, though, is that your words will empower people to hurt and kill. I shudder at the thought of the blood that will spill at the casual disposal of your irresponsible diatribe.

My "agenda" lately is birdwatching, hiking and admiring sunrises -- if you should see me out there enjoying nature and marveling at god -- remember -- I am really harmless.

"O judgement!! though art fled to brutish breasts, And men have lost their reason. The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones."
(From Shakespeare's Julius Ceasar on the eve of the Ides of March).
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