Requiem for a Live Soldier
Winter-Time Late lies the wintry sun a-bed, A frosty, fiery sleepy-head; Blinks but an hour or two; and then, A blood-red orange, sets again. Before the stars have left the skies, At morning in the dark I rise; And shivering in my nakedness, By the cold candle, bathe and dress. Close by the jolly fire I sit To warm my frozen bones a bit; Or with a reindeer-sled, explore The colder countries round the door. When to go out, my nurse doth wrap Me in my comforter and cap; The cold wind burns my face, and blows Its frosty pepper up my nose.
Black are my steps on silver sod; Thick blows my frosty breath abroad; And tree and house, and hill and lake, Are frosted like a wedding-cake. Academy of American Poets Educator Newsletter. Teach This Poem. Follow Us. Find Poets. Read Stanza. Jobs for Poets. Materials for Teachers. The Walt Whitman Award. James Laughlin Award.
Pretty soon, South Florida got stucco. Then in , another Category 4 storm blasted Lake Okeechobee through its flimsy dike, killing 2, and abruptly ending the Everglades boom. It was the second-deadliest natural disaster in U.
Needless to say, nobody built a wall. But America finally did get serious about draining the swamp. The engineers aimed to seize control of just about every drop of water that falls on South Florida, whisking it out to sea to prevent flooding in the flatlands. They made it possible for Americans to farm , acres of sugar fields in the northern Everglades, to visit Disney World at the headwaters of the Everglades, to drive on the Palmetto and Sawgrass Expressways where palmettos and sawgrass used to be.
But they made South Florida safe only most of the time, not all of the time. And Mother Nature looks pissed. This was an economic as well as environmental disaster, shredding the fishing and tourism industries around the town of Stuart.
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Sometimes, glop happens. The problem, like most problems in South Florida, is a water problem. Meanwhile, the Everglades itself—once reviled as a vile backwater, now revered as an ecological treasure—has all kinds of problems of its own, including 69 endangered species. But 17 years later, virtually no progress has been made.
But the fundamental issue is that South Florida is an artificial civilization, engineered and air-conditioned to insulate its residents and tourists from the realities of its natural landscape. From the mids he made regular trips back to Southeast Asia. His business was principally bringing various Vietnamese products to Australia. In Petersen sold the farm in Queensland and moved to Bangkok. He told people he moved to Thailand because the cost of living was much cheaper than in Australia and health care services were good.
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His military pension was enough for him to live well. He opened a consultancy company for foreign companies called Lang Suan House Co. Employing 17 Thais, the firm provided services like guiding foreigners through the processes of obtaining visas and work permits and company registration. He lived in a shop house above the office in a narrow lane off Lang Suan Road in the center of Bangkok.
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Medals controversy Petersen was the recipient of 13 medals in total for his service in Malaya, Borneo and Vietnam. He auctioned all of them in to help finance his business in Bangkok.
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Petersen said during an interview with a Sydney newspaper that he expected to be criticized for not donating the medals to Australian history archives, but did what he thought was best. Petersen revealed that the proceeds from the sale would be used to buy the building his company leased. That way, he felt he could be sure the future of the staff was secure. Petersen never married and had no children. He is survived by two sisters, who it is believed live in Queensland. Karl Marx. Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. Leon Trotsky. Mao Zedong.
Rise of communism in Australia in s Around the time Lieutenant Colonel Barry Petersen was heading off for his second tour of duty in Vietnam to fight communists, Australian was witnessing an increase in the number of new communist groups in its homeland. These were quickly gaining influence within trade unions, universities and various important organizations.
However, following the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia in August , it started losing both members and influence. The aim of the SPA was to change the direction of politics in Australia and, eventually, to replace the capitalist system with a socialist one. Established in , it was dedicated to overthrowing the government by force, and as such was attracting younger and more enthusiastic members. One day the group staged a march down Swanston Street in Melbourne to show their strength. Industrial actions were plotted by different communist groups and unionists in trade halls.
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In fact, communists controlled several trade unions.