Dear Reader ~
Movies starring Errol Flynn enthralled me when I was a child sitting at the feet of my father. We were always watching Errol Flynn movies on TV. One of these action-packed dramas was Charge Of The Light Brigade, made in 1936. I was 5-years-old in 1955, which was about when I became captivated by this movie.
Later, maybe when 9-years-old, I was digging thru the Junior Classics set of books on the bottom shelf in my older sister’s room when I found Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem, The Charge Of The Light Brigade. It enthralled me. I remember memorizing the whole thing when I was sick at home from school. Voluntary memorization ~ it’s not every poem that inspires a boy thusly.
When a beginner journalist in high school, I came across in a bookstore a collection of old news stories, one of which covered the actual, you guessed it, that awesome Charge Of The Light Brigade. I bought the book & read in it an eye-witness account of what turned out to be a ribald episode in the Crimean War. I studied the episode even further years later when I found a whole book written about that particular military blunder & how it was so foolish. In fact, as I recall, the whole Crimean War was pretty foolish according to various resources I’ve read along the way.
So am I going to make a comment here on war? The American invasion of Iraq maybe? Bullying, colonialism, sharia law? Fighting for national independence, democracy, freedom? No, not at all. All I want to do is say a little something about three of my most favorite poems ~ The Charge Of You Know What, The Ballad Of The Northern Lights, and The Flyin’ Outlaw ~ all of which you can find right below this note. Just scroll on down. But, before you do, please realize, each one of these 3 awesome poems is about pure unadulterated foolishness.
There ~ I said what had to be said. And I’m not saying anything more about it. Amen.