Tuesday, February 28, 2006

vox clamantis in deserto

OK, forget the hype.
No wilderness here, just the regular rant.
People don't listen to me, what people?
Rant, perchance reflect.

This is the motto of my alma mater
but it comes from somewhere else
maybe the bible -- right,
(Matthew 3.3, Mark 1.3, Luke 3.4, John 1.23)
but more famously
from a poem by John Gower
a good friend of Chaucer's
written in the 14th century.

The poem is about the Peasant's
Uprising in England in 1381
in which Gower supported the nobility.
The voice crying was John the Baptist's
The rabble and their leaders, later slaughtered,
represented the wilderness.
Wat Taylor, Jack Straw, John Ball.