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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Your Dying Spouse 634 - The Cossack Way

I've always like Ilya Repin's painting of the Reply of the Zhaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mehmed IV of the Ottoman Empire. (You can read the Cossacks' reply here.)

It's a brawny yet light hearted defiance, and I find it particularly apropos now as the cancer-fight becomes much more personal, and hard. Perhaps the bell for the final round will soon ring, but I'll be on my feet to fight.

That is, after all, the Cossack Way.

In their reply to Sultan Mehmed,
the cossacks were, perhaps, quite blunt.
As Christians, they said, dude, forget it,
we won't bow to a Turkish runt.
I find this a soul-stirring tale,
and I love the ribald answer
from a heart so unashamed-male;
and will speak thus to cancer.
"Go thee, pervert, do thy bidding
and in the doing, show thy heart.
Our swords are drawn, and we'll be ridding
you of your most valued part."
Perhaps I should forgiveness preach
but I just love to hear 'em screech.

Music from William Walton, with Crown Imperial.

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  1. I have no doubt that you'll be standing long after Jesus takes you home... it's God's way, you know. 😉

    Prayers as always, Andrew!

    1. Diana, than you so much. Your words and prayers are a balm on a very tough day.