July 11, 2014 by phicks2012
Years ago in 2000 I had friends in the SCA who were dedictated to the nurture and education of children. They believed, as do I, that the future, both of the SCA and of the world in general, lies in the hands of future generations — if we leave them a future to mold — and while the poem below, written for our SCA Newsletter, was written containing numerous SCA references to groups then found within the SCA Kingdom of Meridies, I feel it is also applicable in the real world.
I hope that my readers will find merit and enjoyment in it.
“Flowers of the Land”
Where bloom the flowers of the land if not upon the lea?
Embanked by crimson riverside, or where the downs roll free,
Or clustered thick in phoenix glades or green in swallow’s vale?
Where bloom the flowers of the land whose dream shall never fail?
Where bloom the flowers of the land if not upon the hill?
On Glaeden’s fell, or northland peak where thunder echoes still,
Or where the iron mountains rise, or where the lyons roar?
Where bloom the flowers of the land whose song shall last e’er more?
Where bloom the flowers of the land if not beside the hall?
By castle rising on the Forth, or saltkeep proud and tall,
About the haven of the sun, athwart the fair fort’s stone?
Where bloom the flowers of the land that ne’er shall stand alone?
Where bloom the flowers of the land if not upon the shore?
Where rise the halls of Arenal, or where the ospreys soar,
Upon the strands of Seleone, or near to Camden’s tor?
Where bloom the flowers of the land that promise lies before?
With bright stars we may measure fate; with tall spires measure grace,
With long strides quantify success and who may win the race,
With swift swords we may measure death, with free hearts measure youth,
By one child know the difference in shining words and truth.
And if we ask where flowers bloom let then response be styled
That no dream ever failed and died if dreamed on by a child.
Where they stand we may find our hope, where they fall hope deny,
Where they rise also rise the stars to steer our futures by.
[May 8th, 2000]