Sword

Scipio dangled the blade limply in his hand.
“I don’t understand. It’s just a sword”
Whip fast, his uncle’s hand swept forward, slapping Scipio’s sword hand. He dropped the sword, which seemed to anger his uncle even more.
“Pick her up, and apologize to her.” the swordsmaster ordered. “A sword should always be treated with respect as the lady she is. She is not an “it”.
Meekly, chastised, Scipio knelt. With not quite exaggerated care, he bore the sword in both hands from the sawdust-swept floor and into his hands.
“Kiss the blade.” his uncle ordered.
Scipio placed his lips, briefly, on the thickest part of the flat of the blade, near the hilt. This seemed to placate his teacher.
“And now we will begin again” the swordmaster said.

The blond haired man holds me in his hand. He still doesn’t get it.
“I don’t understand. It’s just a sword”
The swordmaster, who created me, hits him. The blond haired man drops me, and I shudder as I hit the wooden floor.
“Pick her up, and apologize to her.” the swordsmaster says. “A sword should always be treated with respect as the lady she is. She is not an “it”. He’s talking about me.
The blond haired man kneels.He takes me into his hands. I feel a tingle inside of me. This feels right, now.
“Kiss the blade” the swordsmaster says.
The kiss is electric, and binding. Does the Blond haired man know? Does he understand what he has done?
I feel it in every inch of my steel. He’s going to be mine. I wonder when I will tell him my name.
“And now we will begin again”
Oh yes, oh yes we will.

Picture of the Day: Glacial Erratic

Paul and the Glacial Erratic by Jvstin
Paul and the Glacial Erratic, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

One of the things I love, as many of you know, is glaciers, and what they leave on the landscapes. Eskers, kettle ponds, drumlins, moraines…and oh, yes, glacial erratics.

Yellowstone National Park, once covered by glaciers, has a number of the latter if you know where to look. So today’s picture is a picture of a glacial erratic, along with someone who might look familiar for purposes of scale.

Where do you stand on requiring Minnesotans to produce a photo ID to vote?

Today’s question from MPR News got me to thinking:
Where do you stand on requiring Minnesotans to produce a photo ID to vote?
I have extremely conflicted views about this question.
In theory and in the abstract, it sounds like a good idea. Who doesn’t want more security, more reliability in elections.
But the more I dig at this question, the more it becomes a mess of a question.
The amount of voter fraud proven over the years is minimal if not ancedotal. So why
That’s what bothers me. Why do those, mostly of the conservative persuasion, want these voter ID laws so badly that they spend all this time and energy across the nation to address this non-issue.
The answer has to be–to discourage voting by those who aren’t of their stripe. Minorities. The poor. Those who don’t necessarily have a driver’s license and might have a birth certificate…somewhere, usually forgotten.
It is that motive, that desire to reduce turnout of those of different political leanings that poison the well for me.