Sunday, December 16, 2018

The Fate of the 68th Kinetic


It wasn't a narrative that we wished to remember
 so we'd forgotten about them

and their misguided deployment.

That's how these things go.


















 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Deployed to Witness (ix)


Nobody heard from the garrison
 nothing at all

 
 for a hundred and twenty years.



















 

Monday, December 3, 2018

Deployed to Witness (viii)


So the 68th Kinetic landed on Witness, and went about their duties
 (whatever those were)
 and they were promptly forgotten. Just left there.


They didn't send for resupply or refit
no status reports
or briefings
(maybe they didn't know how)
they just stayed there on that planet and went to work.
The whole regiment.



















Friday, November 30, 2018

Deployed to Witness (vi)


There was no threat to be had, perceived
or otherwise

for three thousand-thousand light years in any direction.
Three thousand millenia.




We're talking about the Udina Sector here, right?


Kalizch Stars, for Grom's sake.




















Thursday, November 29, 2018

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Deployed to Witness (iv)


- by reasonable standards a dead-end world, in
a dead-end system

growing genetically modified staplegrains

for no one special.



















Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Deployed to Witness (iii)


It isn't clear why they were assigned career duties

guarding grain storage and cultivators
on Witness




















Sunday, November 25, 2018

Deployed to Witness


But deployment amongst the stars is haphazard,
 random

at least
for the regiments from backwater systems
such as
ours.



















 

Saturday, November 24, 2018

The 68th Kinetic (Witness)


So that by the time
they landed
on Witness
(Udina Sector, Kalizch Stars)

they were three years into their voyage
(somewhere around 874)
 and whatever they envisioned an Intelligence Unit to be

they trained rigorously to become
and had
become.




















Sunday, November 18, 2018

Friday, November 16, 2018

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Unexpected Sailing Of The Belknap (20)


In sixty-eight separate expeditions
over three hundred thirty-two years

the regiment from Kalkovac had always sailed as the
302nd Wasteland Reconnaissance

as it has in the 138 years  and twenty-six
expeditions since



















 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Unexpected Sailing Of The Belknap (18)


They formed on the modified terms of a collective


and named the newly formed,
collective regiment 

the 68th Kinetic Cell




















 

Monday, November 12, 2018

The Unexpected Sailing Of The Belknap (17)


But left to their own
organic

decision-making


they defied the traditional military model-



















 

Sunday, November 11, 2018

The Unexpected Sailing Of The Belknap (16)


All by themselves they worked it out.








Editor's Note: The astute reader will note that this entry is the one thousandth post on Guardsman-A-Day.
Thanks for sticking around and seeing this through with me. 



















 

Thursday, November 8, 2018

The Unexpected Sailing Of The Belknap (13)


So the decision was made
 we would send
sort of
who we could find


with the idea that 
on the long voyage between stars
they would work out what their organization might be

upon deployment.



















Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The Unexpected Sailing Of The Belknap (11)


Understand, there were a bunch of citizens who
 we didn't really, 
well-

care 
much for


on our home planet of Kalkovac.



















 

Saturday, November 3, 2018

The Unexpected Sailing Of The Belknap (9)


And it being a five-year process to raise a regiment

we didn't have anybody for the Belknap.



















 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

The Unexpected Sailing Of The Belknap (8)


But the Belknap showed up just two months
 after the 5897 Crescent sailed with the regiment

we'd raised.




















 

Friday, October 26, 2018

The Unexpected Sailing Of The Belknap (5)



all of them off, to see the stars

in office to the emperor of our king
of the king of our king
and his king

and to his king



















Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The Unexpected Sailing Of The Belknap (2)


We're all aware

(I'm sure)

of what the schedule demands: a freighter
arrive at our home planet,
Kalkovac
every five years to sit in orbit and embark.



















 

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Tuesday, October 16, 2018