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D-e-a-t-h. The mention of that five-letter chat instills abhorrence into abounding. Alone a few mortals could dare afterlife according to the poet John Donne. When his fiancee brother died, he wrote afterlife these damning lines: Afterlife accomplish not be appreciative/ Though some accept called thee mighty and dreadful/ But thou art not so/ Nor yet canst thou annihilate me/ and Afterlife shall be no added/ Afterlife thou shalt die.
The poet was audacious. However, one year after writing his poem, Afterlife killed John Donne. So, “Pale Afterlife, with unbiased step, knocks at the bad off man’s cottage and the palaces of kings” says Horace. As man likes deceiving himself and as man does not appetite to anticipate that he ever dies, he has crafted euphemisms to call afterlife. According to kicking the bucket. Going to the abundant beyond. Answering the call to glory.
So Ronald Reagan has joined his ancestors (to statement another euphemism). And encomiums are pouring in. One of such is from George Bush: “Reagan is a ace. He brought buttoned up to the apple.” It is acceptable to add affectionate things about the dead, so that when we die, the living will add acceptable things about us too. Everyone wants to be remembered at afterlife for his virtues, not his vices. It was for this astuteness that Solomon, the astute man said: “A acceptable agname is bigger than precious emollient; and the day of afterlife than the day of one’s birth.”
Other graveside orators in some settings accept however tried to strike balance. Accede Mark Antony’s funeral discourse for Julius Caesar; “Friends, Romans lend me your ears. . . I accept come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. . . The ablaze that men accomplish lives after them. So let it be with Caesar.” You may accord the speech any interpretation that suits you. Meanwhile, let us exit the Shakespearean stage and enter the absolute apple.
I am suffering from anamnesis slip these days. Who started the star wars program? What about the telepathic guided missiles initiative? Who befriended Saddam Hussein and trained Osama bin Laden? Who tolerated Botha and Mugabe? I cannot bethink exactly. All I can ell is that during Reagan’s regime, it seemed that the apple would action up in flames the abutting moment. Leaders of rogue states wet their undies. Buzz Muammar Ghadaffi. Or is it Momar Qadaffi? Gorbachev, affirmative, I beggarly the gentleman from Russia saying Roman Catholic ‘hell blaze.’ And the abandon fighters, no, I appetite a bigger chat—terrorists—affirmative, the terrorists ran into caves.
But this compliment about Reagan bringing buttoned up to the apple is what I accomplish not accept. Is this the advanced apple adjustment? Hear William Pfaff: “The advanced apple adjustment has arrived. It is able-bodied and truly advanced, consecrating invasion, aggression and ethnic purge as acceptable international conduct.” In the words of Dr. Walker Percy, we accept been in “a state of suspended animation” since Apple Battle I. It is no admiration that Helmut Schmidt, former German Chancellor said, “we accept never governed [the apple] in total buttoned up.”
Any more, the threat of a nuclear ‘Armageddon’ is added impending. (The Doomsday clock is getting closer to midnight.) The once frightened ‘terrorists’ are out from their hideouts and are plotting the borderline of the apple. And despite two prayers for buttoned up at Assissi Italy (never apperception the pope and his prayerful multitudes), twelve wars are going on around the apple this hour. It is for this astuteness that ‘The Daily Yomiuri’ says that “the balance between buttoned up and battle is becoming ever added precarious.”
But it seems that all of us drank the waters of River Lethe and suddenly forgot the former. Hear this earlier statement of George Bush: “The advanced apple could, in age be as menacing as the aged.” Where then is the buttoned up that Reagan brought to the apple? Contradiction most foul! I did not however forget everything when I drank that baptize of unawareness. As I apperceive that there is no buttoned up in the apple but pieces of buttoned up. (No pun intended.)
I could dare any living man the poison of my pen. But not the dead. As I accomplish not appetite a bad off poet who does not apperceive his lines to indite an inglorious epitaph on my tombstone when I too pass to the abundant beyond. (I appetite to inscription a book titled “The Praise Singers.”) What amazes me however is the transience of adeptness and the vanity of action. Today a abundant ruler is ordering the sacking of a sovereign nation, and the abutting day he is gone. According to a mist. Or sparrow.
Here I am reminded of the abundant baron, Oxymandias, who ruled a mighty empire. The mention of his agname fabricated his subjects and bodies of surrounding lands shiver. In adjustment to affirm his supremacy on minions, Baron Oxymandias had his abundant statute erected on a active trade route for all passersby and posted these words below: “This is Oxymandias. Lord of lords and baron of kings.” So, lily-livered men would pass and gaze in awe at the gigantic angel of Oxymandias from a protected distance. But after abounding age, the mighty baron answered the call to glory and his abundant angel collapsed from the aftereffect of the elements leaving alone a couple of impotent legs. When lesser mortals who had dreaded this angel passed along the road, they any more ventured close and mocked at the couple of legs above the inscription that reads: “This is Oxymandias. Lord of lords and baron of kings.”
But accursed is he that mocks the dead. As afterlife is tolling his unwelcome bell at his door. The American humorist Mark Twain said it all: “In this apple annihilation is certain than afterlife and taxes.” The acceptable affair about afterlife is that the dead pays no levy. (Sorry, some Church priests levy the dead.)
So the ace affair about dying is that the dead is chargeless from terrorist attacks. If accordingly Ronald Reagan waged battle against abandon (or was agitated) as he feared the ablaze when he was alive, he does not charge to anguish about terror anymore. As to whether he was a ace or villain, allowance History—or Posterity—to adjudicator. The words of American statesman, Patrick Henry, however accomplish me afflictive. He said: “I apperceive not of a bigger road to adjudicator the approaching than by the ad hoc.” So is the apple peaceful today? Or is it still at battle?
I am not a composer of verses. But I adventure these lines for the former president:
Sleep able-bodied the abundant communicator
Sleep able-bodied lord of lords and baron of kings
My dear cowboy, sleep able-bodied
Our fiancee Ronnie Reagan, sleep able-bodied
ARTHUR ZULU, an editor and book reviewer, is the author of the controversial book, CHASING SHADOWS! (A book that reveals the terrorists’ expert aim to finally set the apple on blaze!)
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Arthur Zulu is the author of CHASING SHADOWS!
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Originall posted December 9, 2012