Thursday, May 17, 2007

waving goodbye to a thousand flies

The thousand flies are the thousand souls VEST encountered in his eventful life

He reminisces about his difficult early childhood in the depression of the 30's
where another child meant another mouth to feed

VEST spent his early life in foster homes and institutions
He has a fotographic memory and he relives all the bitter sweet times

he remembers how he was befriended by Sally and Emily
brief moments of shore leave that ended all too soon
and he had to return to his ship
his only constant

VEST was a true sailor boy
He enjoyed his sailor life

He did not cry when he had to leave Emily and Sally and return to his ship
but he was heartbroken more than once

until he met his wife to be Mary
Mary showed him all the love he missed in his early childhood
VEST is a one man woman, he has remained faithful to his wife for more than 50 years and still going strong

VEST always kept in touch with his lovers
and he cried when they had to leave this planet

VEST does not tell much about the war events that happened in his life time at sea
maybe the Oath of secrecy did not allow him to rat

i was hoping to read about the great moments of the war through the pen of VEST
i was disappointed



Keshi said...

An Ode to Vesty ha. Nice!


Anonymous said...


dat shud read
VEST is a one woman man,

lower deck lawyer. said...

It was after leaving the dunny(lavatory, toilet, loo) that vest aka J L Spencer, washed his hands and waved goodbye to thousand flies.
I believe he informed readers that any info on wartime activity would be minimal, he no doubt believing his contribution to the wartime activities would be no more important than those who contributed more or even less. However be rest assured, being an ex Aussie Navy person myself. Vests action station on what he describes as the air defence position would during his being a
17 to 19 be a frightening death defying experience to say the least without the death and carnage to cheer things up. I feel certain there are lots of publications depicting war,one can glean info from, Vest; like myself realize that experiencing the virtual reality of war activity is so different from that of the story tellers. personally I think its a great read.
'Something different' so he say's. MIKE LDL.

Vest said...

Thanks Mike: Mike was once a *bunting tosser in the Royal Australian Navy(*Signalman). Not as good as the Brit Navy but better than the Indian Navy. I remember 'Cochin' The R I N base. bit of a dump, but the Paki base at Karachi was worse. I went on board the PN ship Babur ? it was my old ship the former H M S Diadem,(I could smell the difference)CURRY.

Anonymous said...

Oscar Wilde said: ‘each man kills the thing he loves’. And it’s true. The mere possibility of getting what we want fills the soul of the ordinary person with guilt. We look around at all those who have failed to get what they want and feel that we do not deserve to get what we want either. We forget about all the obstacles we overcame, all the suffering we endured, all the things we had to give up in order to get this far. I have known a lot of people who, when their personal calling was within their grasp, went on to commit a series of stupid mistakes and never reached their goal – when it was only a step away.

This is the most dangerous of the obstacles because it has a kind of saintly aura about it: renouncing joy and conquest. But if you believe yourself worthy of the thing you fought so hard to get, then you become an instrument of God, you help the Soul of the World and you understand why you are here.

Paulo Coelho
Rio de Janeiro
November 2002

Translated by Margaret Jull Costa

Anonymous said...

vest is dumb

Anonymous said...

so is keshi.

Anonymous said...

Right now, as you read this , 457 Million people around the world are having sex .... and you're on the damn computer!

Anonymous said...

and u r reporting it

Anonymous said...

Excellence means when a man or woman asks of himself more than others do.

More quotes from Jose Ortega y Gasset