Thursday, August 14, 2008

'Band of Bothers' Poem

A lot of people find my blog by googling 'Band of Brothers' poem. This makes me cringe. I've never seen Band of Brothers, but I know what they're looking for. They're looking for some of the best lines Shakespeare ever wrote: King Henry's speech to his troops before the battle of Agincourt in Henry V. I chose 'Band of Brothers' as the title of my blog because my family is a band of brothers, and to pay tribute to a play we absolutely adore. So, to throw a bone to all you google searchers, here is your 'poem'.

To set the scene, you see a small band of bedraggled English soldiers getting ready to fight the French in a battle where they are outnumbered many times over. The king hears a soldier wish that just a fraction of the men still abed in England could be with them to fight that day. Now, Shakespeare wasn't meant to be read, it was meant to be heard. So read it aloud. I italicized my favorite parts. Let the words and expressions roll off your tongue. Here's your daily dose of culture. Enjoy.

What's he that wishes so?
My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin:
If we are mark'd to die, we are enow
To do our country loss; and if to live,
The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
God's will! I pray thee, wish not one man more....
Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host,
That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made
And crowns for convoy put into his purse:
We would not die in that man's company
That fears his fellowship to die with us.
This day is called the feast of Crispian:
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when the day is named,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say 'To-morrow is Saint Crispian:'
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars.
And say 'These wounds I had on Crispin's day.'
Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember with advantages
What feats he did that day: then shall our names.
Familiar in his mouth as household words
Harry the king, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester,
Be in their flowing cups freshly remember'd.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember'd;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.

I know, here, you can watch it!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Some Current Faves

Ice Hockey. Click on the photo, and look by the skate of the guy on his knees. That's right, it's blood on the ice. It was awesome. My husband's work has a plush suite on center ice, and we went to a match with his boss there. My husband had to warn me to watch what I say. Not that I have a filthy mouth, I just get a little too......enthusiastic.
All kinds of family. He's not related, but you can't tell from this picture, can you?
These long, strong arms. Oh yeah, and that chest. Whew!

This goofy grin. I can't resist it!
This movie. I know it's dumb, but that doesn't stop me from endlessly quoting it. I can do a wicked Nacho impersonation, complete with the buttock clench.This perfume. My husband picked it out for me. All I wanted for my birthday was big girl perfume, not the cheesy body sprays from Walmart. Now that I have my own fortress of solitude, I have a place where it will be safe. I loooove it. Next time you walk by the perfume counter, take a whiff. See if you can resist it.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

This Is Me.

Am I the only one in the world that can't figure out the visual verifications on peoples blogs?

I type the crazy letters. I find out I messed up. I type the new letters, but the letters I type don't show up in the box where they should, they're tacked on to the comment I was typing! I try a few more times before they just throw me a bone and give the the handicapped code of three letters or so. It's embarrassing! I can see just fine, I just can't tell the difference between a squiggly j and an i. Is there no end to the pain?