Charlie Wilson was my congressman, Second
District Texas. His name is spoken with respect
by men who are concerned not with dying,
but with dying well. He came to the court
house in Groveton TX and visited with
all comers. I told him, "Sir, there may be
someone here who does not know that
you are the man who gave Stinger missiles
to the Afgfhan rebels. Millions of us do
know, and we respect and admire you, sir."
Ave atque vale
Through many countries and over many seas
I have come, Brother, to these melancholy rites,
to show this final honour to the dead,
and speak (to what purpose?) to your silent ashes,
since now fate takes you, even you, from me.
Oh, Brother, ripped away from me so cruelly,
now at least take these last offerings, blessed
by the tradition of our parents, gifts to the dead.
Accept, by custom, what a brother’s tears drown,
and, for eternity, Brother, ‘Hail and Farewell’.
Gaius Valerius Catullus