The Blessing

To The Victor Go The Spoils

It is something of a tradition down through history that the victor in a contest gains the spoils.
It is something of a tradition down through history that the victor in a contest gains the spoils. | Source

They celebrated the victory as warriors of old, but in a new civilized manner -

A pact - the blessing that issued forth would be supported by all,

They would not know who won the race.


All were to become men of power, each in their own way.

They conspired to bring power to their home land;

Their blessing was their weapon.


By lot, a husband was chosen.


Not knowing how it had happened, she had no shame, only love

Until the husband was forced away, victim of bias,

And the unjust law of the foreign and hated land.


No sympathy from those who passed judgment,

They were Concerned only with upholding their own law.

They held no concern for the blessed.


She sought help with the blessing from others.

‘We will help keep you safe’ they said, ‘and help with your child’.

They did not know of the pact.


She married anew and moved to another Camelot,

And nurtured the blessing to the world, for the blessing was hers to raise.

She did not know of the pact.


All views are not the same; two powers protected the blessing.

The killings began, a third power enacted punishment for the wrongs of the others.

Many fell, men of power; but through it all, the blessing was protected.


The pact remained. The blessing grew.


The child grew, he dreamed, he pondered the world,

And he came to understand. Innocence lost -

He knew his second father was not his first, and so he searched.


The home of his first father could not be reached.

Not by ship, not by plane, not by train,

And not by dialing a number from the phonebook.


When found, his first father was not his true father.

His true father assassinated, would never be found.

Rumors came from those who knew the old lessons.


But he was the blessing, and did not know of the pact.


He came to know that his face was not the face of his father.

And that his truth was not the truth at all.

He sought answers from the wrong powers.


In the fine tradition of those protected,

He was a pawn to be pushed to the other side of the board.

He became a power of his own.


Saints rise from such upbringings, or sometimes demons,

It all depends on your point of view,

But still, He is called blessed.


But, the pact was not his pact.


Now that he knows, will the blessing complete the pact?

Or will he be his own man?

Prima Noctes

In the movie Braveheart, The King had revived an old custom objectionable to the newly married. Prima noctes (first night) was the custom that the noble had first rights to any newly married girl on the night of her wedding. The practice was sometimes referred to by the nobles as ‘blessing’ the marriage.

When he saw this occur to the wife of another newly married man, William Wallace was motivated to elope rather than have an open and planned wedding ceremony with his beloved. Sometime afterward, they were seen engaged in a public display of affection. The controlling rulers in the area acted on their belief that they were entitled to assert similar affections. She objected and was killed as consequence.

This was the beginning to the movie "Braveheart".

Scene From BraveHeart

Many historians regard the practice of Prima Noctes as historical fiction.

Hospitality

In ancient times, it was a custom that well-to-do travelers be treated as if they were part of the household. This sometimes meant sharing a wife with a visitor. On occasion, this resulted in children. Months after the visitation, the new child was sometimes referred to as a blessing to the household.

Many historians regard this aspect of hospitality as historical fiction.

The Question

Many people believe that historical figures do not come into power all on their own. They believe that men of power either inherit that power, or win that power through war, or are forged from birth. What does a man do when he finds out he was forged for a purpose? What does he do when everything he was taught as a child was a mask put in place to ensure that he would mature to the power needed to do what was intended for him? And, what if he was also forged to believe that purpose was wrong?

What would he do?

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FitnezzJim 2 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia Author

Thank you for the comment BethPerry. Indeed, there is no right answer to those questions. If we were to examine historical (or modern) figures with these questions in mind, the answers would likely differ on a case to case basis.


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bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee

FitnezzJim, a very interesting poem and I can't help but think of our current President in reading it.

As to your questions, they are a little difficult to answer with certainty. I feel the personalities of individuals are created from a variety of components, but in the end it is an individual choice to take what we will from the lessons of our childhood and the nurturing we received.


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FitnezzJim 2 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia Author

Thank You BreakfastPop.

I have met many incredibly good people over the years who have their own questions about their own parentage. They did not let it define who they are. The one thing I have become convinced of is that it is not the circumstances of birth or upbringing that make a person who they are. It is their actions and their own internal strength of conviction that makes them their own person.

If I had been thinking ahead, I would have dedicated this article to those people.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago

This is a most interesting piece of writing that requires a great deal of thought. If I understand it correctly, I think it is possible to turn away from an upbringing that turns you into a demon. It takes enormous strength, integrity and intelligence to do so. When I think about what you wrote here, Obama comes to mind. He is fulfilling the dreams of his father, whoever he really was. He is also fulfilling the dreams of the many people who shaped him and turned him into the perfect pawn to do their bidding. This hub is awesome and incredibly interesting.

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