1918, on the 11th hour (Veterans Day)
of the 11th day (World War I)
of the 11th month (9 million dead)
an armistice signed to end (21,000,000 wounded)
The War to End All Wars (Lies)
Men of U.S. 64th Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, celebrate the news of the Armistice, November 11, 1918 (Source U.S. National Archive, U.S. Army)
At the urging of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954. Veterans Day is distinct from Memorial Day, a U.S. public holiday in May. Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who have died while in military service. After the end of the Second World War, the Australian and British governments changed the name to Remembrance Day, since Armistice Day was no longer an appropriate title for a day that would commemorate all war dead.
Inner planet Mercury transits the sun today.
Astrologers pay attention. A small black dot
crossing the sun’s face. The last transit
was 2016 but the next is 2032.
Sun transiting my face this cold afternoon.
It’s not two by four at all.
When it’s rough sawn from the log,
it is 2×4, but drying and planing
gives us 1.5×3.5 lumber. Things are not
what they seem, but we pretend sometimes.
Now, it is dark when I wake.
Morning walks seem quieter. Squirrels more casual.
Sunrise twice – over mountain, then over rooftops.
Pine needles perfectly arranged to look random.
I am walking east of my anger.
All Hallows’ Eve from Samhain. Darkness coming.
Harvest’s end. Animals slaughtered for the winter.
Spirits of the dead transgress death’s border.
Pray to the saints. Bake soul cakes.
Lanterns and bonfires to keep ghosts away.
More about Halloween’s past incarnations and more about the etymology of the word Halloween.