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The Cello Sings Harmony, PFC Arturo E Rodriguez

Kissed by an Angel, Where Violins are the Angels’ Voices,

and the Cello Sings Harmony….

Rest in Peace

 

PFC Arturo E Rodriguez, 19, of Bellflower, CA, died March 12 in Patika Province, Afghanistan of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire. He was of the 2d Bn, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne

 

 

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  1. Patriot Guard Riders
    Standing for those who stood for us.

    Lord, we ask your blessing today as we gather to pay our respects to another American serviceman/woman/hero. It is our duty and our honor to gather together to honor this fellow American. Give strength to his/her family in their time of grief. Keep watch over our troops deployed through out the world and also here at home, as well as their families. The price of freedom is a cost borne by few for the benefit of many. Too often, we take for granted the freedoms that we enjoy, and it is at times like this that we realize that freedom is never free. We would also ask your blessing on us as we travel back to our homes, and we thank you, Lord for this day. Amen.

    PFC Rodriguez, stand down, rest easy.

  2. There’s a widow in sleepy Chester
    Who weeps for her only son;
    There’s a grave on the Pabeng River,
    A grave that the Burmans shun,
    And there’s Subadar Prag Tewarri
    Who tells how the work was done.

    A Snider squibbed in the jungle,
    Somebody laughed and fled,
    And the men of the First Shikaris
    Picked up their Subaltern dead,
    With a big blue mark in his forehead
    And the back blown out of his head.

    Subadar Prag Tewarri,
    Jemadar Hira Lal,
    Took command of the party,
    Twenty rifles in all,
    Marched them down to the river
    As the day was beginning to fall.

    They buried the boy by the river,
    A blanket over his face–
    They wept for their dead Lieutenant,
    The men of an alien race–
    They made a samadh in his honor,
    A mark for his resting-place.

    For they swore by the Holy Water,
    They swore by the salt they ate,
    That the soul of Lieutenant Eshmitt Sahib
    Should go to his God in state;
    With fifty file of Burman
    To open him Heaven’s gate.

    The men of the First Shikaris
    Marched till the break of day,
    Till they came to the rebel village,
    The village of Pabengmay–
    A jingal covered the clearing,
    Calthrops hampered the way.

    Subadar Prag Tewarri,
    Bidding them load with ball,
    Halted a dozen rifles
    Under the village wall;
    Sent out a flanking-party
    With Jemadar Hira Lal.

    The men of the First Shikaris
    Shouted and smote and slew,
    Turning the grinning jingal
    On to the howling crew.
    The Jemadar’s flanking-party
    Butchered the folk who flew.

    Long was the morn of slaughter,
    Long was the list of slain,
    Five score heads were taken,
    Five score heads and twain;
    And the men of the First Shikaris
    Went back to their grave again,

    Each man bearing a basket
    Red as his palms that day,
    Red as the blazing village–
    The village of Pabengmay,
    And the “drip-drip-drip” from the baskets
    Reddened the grass by the way.

    They made a pile of their trophies
    High as a tall man’s chin,
    Head upon head distorted,
    Set in a sightless grin,
    Anger and pain and terror
    Stamped on the smoke-scorched skin.

    Subadar Prag Tewarri
    Put the head of the Boh
    On the top of the mound of triumph,
    The head of his son below,
    With the sword and the peacock-banner
    That the world might behold and know.

    Thus the samadh was perfect,
    Thus was the lesson plain
    Of the wrath of the First Shikaris–
    The price of a white man slain;
    And the men of the First Shikaris
    Went back into camp again.

    Then a silence came to the river,
    A hush fell over the shore,
    And Bohs that were brave departed,
    And Sniders squibbed no more;
    For the Burmans said
    That a kullah’s head
    Must be paid for with heads five score.

    There’s a widow in sleepy Chester
    Who weeps for her only son;
    There’s a grave on the Pabeng River,
    A grave that the Burmans shun,
    And there’s Subadar Prag Tewarri
    Who tells how the work was done.

    “The Grave of the Hundred Head” Rudyard Kipling

    • I believe Kipling would be proud to see this piece grace these pages Vassar. His sentiment that…

      For they swore by the Holy Water,
      They swore by the salt they ate,
      That the soul of Lieutenant Eshmitt Sahib
      Should go to his God in state;
      With fifty file of Burman
      To open him Heaven’s gate
      .

      …predates Christianity but its a sentiment I agree wholeheartedly with. I guess my vision of Heaven looks a little more like Valhalla.

  1. Patriot Guard Riders
    Standing for those who stood for us.

    Lord, we ask your blessing today as we gather to pay our respects to another American serviceman/woman/hero. It is our duty and our honor to gather together to honor this fellow American. Give strength to his/her family in their time of grief. Keep watch over our troops deployed through out the world and also here at home, as well as their families. The price of freedom is a cost borne by few for the benefit of many. Too often, we take for granted the freedoms that we enjoy, and it is at times like this that we realize that freedom is never free. We would also ask your blessing on us as we travel back to our homes, and we thank you, Lord for this day. Amen.

    PFC Rodriguez, stand down, rest easy.

  2. There’s a widow in sleepy Chester
    Who weeps for her only son;
    There’s a grave on the Pabeng River,
    A grave that the Burmans shun,
    And there’s Subadar Prag Tewarri
    Who tells how the work was done.

    A Snider squibbed in the jungle,
    Somebody laughed and fled,
    And the men of the First Shikaris
    Picked up their Subaltern dead,
    With a big blue mark in his forehead
    And the back blown out of his head.

    Subadar Prag Tewarri,
    Jemadar Hira Lal,
    Took command of the party,
    Twenty rifles in all,
    Marched them down to the river
    As the day was beginning to fall.

    They buried the boy by the river,
    A blanket over his face–
    They wept for their dead Lieutenant,
    The men of an alien race–
    They made a samadh in his honor,
    A mark for his resting-place.

    For they swore by the Holy Water,
    They swore by the salt they ate,
    That the soul of Lieutenant Eshmitt Sahib
    Should go to his God in state;
    With fifty file of Burman
    To open him Heaven’s gate.

    The men of the First Shikaris
    Marched till the break of day,
    Till they came to the rebel village,
    The village of Pabengmay–
    A jingal covered the clearing,
    Calthrops hampered the way.

    Subadar Prag Tewarri,
    Bidding them load with ball,
    Halted a dozen rifles
    Under the village wall;
    Sent out a flanking-party
    With Jemadar Hira Lal.

    The men of the First Shikaris
    Shouted and smote and slew,
    Turning the grinning jingal
    On to the howling crew.
    The Jemadar’s flanking-party
    Butchered the folk who flew.

    Long was the morn of slaughter,
    Long was the list of slain,
    Five score heads were taken,
    Five score heads and twain;
    And the men of the First Shikaris
    Went back to their grave again,

    Each man bearing a basket
    Red as his palms that day,
    Red as the blazing village–
    The village of Pabengmay,
    And the “drip-drip-drip” from the baskets
    Reddened the grass by the way.

    They made a pile of their trophies
    High as a tall man’s chin,
    Head upon head distorted,
    Set in a sightless grin,
    Anger and pain and terror
    Stamped on the smoke-scorched skin.

    Subadar Prag Tewarri
    Put the head of the Boh
    On the top of the mound of triumph,
    The head of his son below,
    With the sword and the peacock-banner
    That the world might behold and know.

    Thus the samadh was perfect,
    Thus was the lesson plain
    Of the wrath of the First Shikaris–
    The price of a white man slain;
    And the men of the First Shikaris
    Went back into camp again.

    Then a silence came to the river,
    A hush fell over the shore,
    And Bohs that were brave departed,
    And Sniders squibbed no more;
    For the Burmans said
    That a kullah’s head
    Must be paid for with heads five score.

    There’s a widow in sleepy Chester
    Who weeps for her only son;
    There’s a grave on the Pabeng River,
    A grave that the Burmans shun,
    And there’s Subadar Prag Tewarri
    Who tells how the work was done.

    “The Grave of the Hundred Head” Rudyard Kipling

    • I believe Kipling would be proud to see this piece grace these pages Vassar. His sentiment that…

      For they swore by the Holy Water,
      They swore by the salt they ate,
      That the soul of Lieutenant Eshmitt Sahib
      Should go to his God in state;
      With fifty file of Burman
      To open him Heaven’s gate
      .

      …predates Christianity but its a sentiment I agree wholeheartedly with. I guess my vision of Heaven looks a little more like Valhalla.

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