I carry no phone
An aspiring Luddite
In a wired world.
Jeff Berry is an early adopter of the Internet and the Web, a late adopter of Twitter, and declines to adopt Facebook. With the death of Google+, he's experimenting with federated platforms. He admins a medievalist Mastodon instance, and can found on t he PlusPora diaspora pod. He hates cell-phones.
This past year, I went to Pennsic for the first time in about fifteen years. Despite a few minor setbacks, like the airline losing all my armour for about three weeks, I had a good time. I managed to borrow enough kit to do some fencing and had an absolute blast in the rapier woods battle. I had forgotten how much fun it was, and there were some epic moments.
On the subject of epic moments, my daughter had brought a copy of Zac Weinersmith's excellent Bea Wolf for me to read. Which I did. Which, in turn, meant that as I was telling people about some of those moments, I thought, 'Why not write a poem?'
So I did. One bit of explanation might be handy for those unfamiliar with Pennsic - the sides are distinguished by coloured tape, red and blue, on their helmets.
Hwaet! hear the story of excellent Eva
In forest near flag-tree was raven feast gathered
Sly Alexandre, skogsninja in purple
Appeared there beside him, bright sword steel in hand
Alexandre spoke softly of war plans most cunning
Before his words spoken had fallen on wood floor
Full score of strong helm trees with red on their helmets
War chief of the East, through praise of his Prince-son,
I played fast and loose with the form and structure, working with the rhythyms I wanted, as well as alliteration and kennings. My goal was to end up with something which was at least vaguely reminiscent of Old English poetry.
Luddite'sLog, 23 November 2023
© 2023 Jeff Berry
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