Archive for May, 2013

Called

Posted: May 31, 2013 by kaileed7 in KaileeD, Mother Theresa

I always knew.

From the very beginning,

I knew that I was here for great works.

At the age of twelve,

I felt called to serve as a nun.

A difficult decision it was,

giving up many opportunities and experiences.

But I felt drawn and couldn’t give up.

At seventeen, I had decided.

A year later I was waving farewell.

Goodbye to everything I knew.

My mother.

My sister.

My life.

Only to discover things beyond.

Retirement

Posted: May 28, 2013 by Ethan G in EthanG, The Great Unifier of Japan

Retirement
By Ethan Gartin

After two years of his Shogun duties,
Tokugawa Ieyasu retired from his position.
His responsibilities before retirement included foreign affairs,
And he welcomed the trade which helped Japan prosper.
Commercial profits.
Firearms.
Information.
In his age, he wished to continue his life in Sumpu – His old home.
The peaceful land would please his aging heart.
He assigned the duties of Shogun to his son Hidetada,
So his family lineage and legacy was
Secure.
Honor washed over him.

Shogun

Posted: May 28, 2013 by Ethan G in EthanG, The Great Unifier of Japan

Shogun
By Ethan Gartin

At around 60 years of age,
The ambitious leader achieved his goal:
He became Shogun.
He was finally acknowledge as
The most powerful daimyo in all of Japan.
The most ruthless daimyo in all of Japan.
His glory,
His honor,
His satisfaction outweighed his years of struggle.
His years of commitment.

His main goal was complete,
But there was still work to be done.
In order to keep peace in the name of the emperor,
Obstacles needed to be removed.

Posted: May 28, 2013 by lukacsbetsy in BetsyL, Queen of Kings

Her city is beautiful!

I caught a glance from afar.

Outsiders are astonished from miles away.

I am astonished.

Home of the biggest sacrifice on the Mediterranean.

Home of the separation of wheat and tear,

from dynasty to slavery,

from the essence of power within the walls as they pulse with the heartbeat of Amun.

It is as if each block was held by a different god.

It is as if she truly is Isis.

Her palace is the resting for the gods.

-An Outsider

*Amun was the god of creation.

A Promising Domain

Posted: May 28, 2013 by Ethan G in EthanG, The Great Unifier of Japan

A Promising Domain
By Ethan Gartin

Finally –
Finally all of Japan would be his.
His work was finally paying off at the death of his only real rival.
The rest of the daimyo foolishly campaigned in Korea,
But I knew Better, I knew better!

The clever daimyo reflected upon his wise actions,
With the combination of Korea and the lands he received from the Hojo,
His domain was most promising in every way:
Military,
Production,
Organization.
Japan would be his once he could
Finish his remaining enemies and
Secure the loyalty of his many vassals.
His determination and patience finally had given him power,
His rightful power.

Patience and Rivalry

Posted: May 28, 2013 by Ethan G in EthanG, The Great Unifier of Japan

Patience and Rivalry
By Ethan Gartin

Ieyasu contemplated his rivalry with Toyotomi Hideyoshi,
The only man standing in his way of being
The strongest Daimyo.
If only, if only he were gone.
Power should’ve been his for the taking.
That persistent pest,
That resilient wretch,
I will crush him!

But then he remembered patience;
Patience was all he needed to win.
That fool was in bad health, and his campaign in Korea
Would surely bring his demise.
So Ieyasu would wait,
Wait for the perfect time to cement authority.

Purpose

Posted: May 28, 2013 by Ethan G in EthanG, The Great Unifier of Japan

Purpose
By Ethan Gartin

The aging leader sat at his table and drank his tea;
He took in his surroundings,
Digested them,
Understood them.
The falling leaves suggested a coming winter.
The wind persisted to shake the outside.
Ieyasu understood the importance of tranquility
And its necessity for honor and glory.
Tokugawa Ieyasu would cement himself in history,
For this was the only thing of which he was sure.

It was his purpose.