Flashback to June 6, 1999:
Some highlights of the day, my favorite being the UK’s #1 Song: Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen) – Baz Luhrmann. A mix of music and spoken word, absolutely worth the listen. That one’s been in my Spotify liked songs for quite some times.
Meanwhile, in the US #1 Song: If You Had My Love – Jennifer Lopez. Clearly the UK had the better choice in the music department.
Of course, there was also the largest jailbreak in Brazilian history. And Anne Haddy, the Australian actress passed away.
And finally, June 6, 1999, was the birthday of this poem. In 2010, eleven years after its birth, it found publication in the literary journal Legendary.
Here it is, on its 23rd birthday…(and I ask: Are you older or younger than this poem?)
Until The End Too often I am fed only my inadequacies. My right arm too weak to hold up the ceiling. And in the left my still-born son. My legs that could not run fast enough to catch my ghost as she left me. Daily, I could not be nourished on these. My weakness ever starving me. Yet, constant is my blood pulsing, never surrendering. Even after defeat. Even after I am captured. Always, the sacrifice dies screaming, kicking violently at the face of God. Once she is tied to the stake, and the torch is pressed to the timber the vow is made stronger. Fire burns belief hotter. The damned cannot alter allegiance. It is too late. Conviction is forever. This is my strength: In all of my failure I have not surrendered. (c) Kay Kestner - 1999