“Adorn them in hammered ribbons of gold

Bloodstones for the weak, rubies for the bold.

Ships to the sea with God’s holy fire;

Burning prow alight, mortal Viking’s pyre.

Ravens in the eaves watch ghosts on the hill,

While sea gods wrestle o’er a dead man’s will.

Pagan kings clamber o’er what wounded dies.

Wise Odin sacrifices his eyes for eyes,

Cursed empires drown in fire and blood.

Mythologies dissolved into ancient mud;

Comes the Second Coming and the second power

From ash heaps and shadows rises an eternal flower.” By Michael Kurcina

Writing is really important because it helps men understand what their deeper thoughts are. Writing is something that preserves your legacy. Writing is proof of your work; people can scrutinize it and they can criticize it and they take it apart and say you’re a dumbass or they can say, “wow” this guy is really brilliant. The other thing about writing is, just like the plays and books such as Agamemnon, or The Rape of the Lock, or Candide, it’s a way to entertain. Writing equips us with the communication skills and thinking skills that we need to fight against other people in debates and it expresses who we are as a person. I have my own style and you have yours. Our styles might be different, and we might come at a problem differently but we arrive at the same conclusion perhaps; but it is the expression of our style that is interesting. The other thing about writing is it helps us refine our ideas. Write. Whether it’s good or bad, just write.

By Michael Kurcina

Mike credits his early military training as the one thing that kept him disciplined through the many years. He currently provides his expertise as an adviser for an agency within the DoD. Michael Kurcina subscribes to the Spotter Up way of life. “I will either find a way or I will make one”.

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