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19 October 2006
 
Poem: "The Legacy of the Lunar Rainbow"

Two nights past, I recorded the O'Reilly Factor, mainly to listen to O'Reilly's interview with President Bush. However, it was something else mentioned in the episode that really summoned the Muse to my side.

While Bill O'Reilly, in my opinion, tends to be pretty open - concerned mainly with raw truth - he did have one opinion I did not agree with. He expressed that homosexuality is a lifestyle choice, and not inborn (like, for example, race or biological gender). While it is a highly controversial issue that has yet to get a definite scientific answer (if it ever will), I do not think it is a lifestyle choice - I go with the "inborn" theory - that a person is "wired" that way from a very young age, and is destined to (or at the very least, predisposed to) becoming gay or bisexual.

In any case, one figure who was mentioned was Alan Turing - the World War II cryptographer who also happens to be considered (by many) the father of modern computing. From everything I've read, his story has many of the elements of classical tragedy - and if accounts of what was done to him are to be believed, they were (in my opinion) despicable and reprehensible acts.

Considering all he did for his country - and for the technology my generation and I so cherish - I was inspired to write a tributary poem to his memory.

Without further delay, Fenny F. presents, "The Legacy of the Lunar Rainbow:"

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The Legacy of the Lunar Rainbow
A Tribute to Alan Mathison Turing, Officer of the British Empire
(1912-1954)
by Jeff R. (Fenny F.)
Written 10/18/2006; Original Web Release, First Edition 10/19/2006

"He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her." --Jesus (John 8:7)

Behind the mists of memory,
In that time called "World War II,"
There were Soldiers of the Light,
And Heroes 'Round the Moon,
Bulldogs pounding code,
Eagles who refused to die.

Like an Act of God,
The Pen became a Sword,
Knowledge sank the ships -

The Just saved by the Friendship
Of the Eagles of the Light,
And the Bulldogs 'Round the Moon.

While the medals began to flow
And the cities were rebuilt,
One hero would not be treated as such -
This was The Bulldog Amidst The Flowers.

Towards none did he harbor malice,
But fear hardened others' hearts nonetheless
Blinding them to what he'd done;
Like an old, tear-soaked tragedy
From a kingdom long since gone.

They made the Dog of Flowers suffer,
Until that one black day
He had to make it end,

He had to make it go away.

This swordless hero left his mark upon us all:
Eagles, Bulldogs, all the people of the world, all just the same -
When he bit the Apple of Fate -
The fruit which should make us all remember
Our instinctive drive to sin.

When our Stones of Hate and Fear struck him down,
A Lunar Rainbow was cast all 'round the Earth,
A final tribute to the man:

A man who saved so many
With only the Pen
Never the Sword.

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