Today is a day of melancholy. Not much to do, but to reflect on what's been going on.
I took a walk through the busy Ship Breaking Yards on Gadani, and the lyrics of a song from way before the Catastrophe went through my head:
They had a last supper the day of the beaching
She's a dead ship sailing skeleton crew
The galley is empty, the stove pots are cooling
What's left of the stew
I head read about it in some old books. I don't know why I read it, I tend to think of myself as a practical guy, and mostly consider poetry a waste of time. But then, I seem to have a romantic side as well, which made me help some poor soul in need at times.
But I digress, I was in the Ship Breaking Yards, and saw how some bigger ships were relentlessly torn down into sheet metal. A sad thing to see, but also the reason that new ships can be built.
On L 726-8 A Jump Gate, there is this weird sect of people who try to pretend they live on Auld Earth, and they have recreated Auld Earth's calendar, which its weird categories of weeks, months, years (between 365 and 366 days), decades (ten years) and so on. While I hate this sect, I found this calendar endearing, and for today, this historical calendar closes a decade (about 36.5 cycles).
In my mind, this conjured up images of workers and machines deconstructing the old decade, just like they do with ships in the yards.
They pull out her cables and hack off her hatches
Too poor to be wasteful with pity or time
They swarm on her carcass with torches and axes
Like a whale on a bloody shoreline
Stripped of her pillars her stays and her stanchions
When it's only her bones on the wet poison land
Steel ropes will drag her with winches and engines
Till it's only a stain on the sand
In the past, I have focused much on combat, the arms and armors necessary for it. I hope in the new decade, I can focus more on creating things, on buildings, on crafting, maybe on trading.
Forgive my melancholy and my anachronism, let me just wish you a happy new "year", and that your future may be brighter than our common past.