Mesdames et Messieurs,
I am again flattered to be asked to take up the bâton for this 102nd Roy Kneale Musketeers Challenge event, and thank our preceding host Denis Barter aka Rhymer for a most unique and inspiring challenge conducted with the utmost professionalism and aplomb, a tenure I can only but hope to emulate, further I express my thanks to our gallant band of Musketeers for all the hard work and dedication in keeping the wheels of this inspirational challenge turning on what has truly become a global platform of friendship and poetic excellence.
By nature I am not an overly religious man, but after the passing of our dear friend Roy and the loss of this extraordinary man’s talent my mind questioned as many do the absurdity of life and death, through our lifetime we all strive in our own way to achieve our hopes and dreams, yet sadly these hopes and dreams all the knowledge the skills the love the pain garnered withers into decay with the constraints of our mortality.
We live in a world of diverse cultures and religious beliefs, yet amidst diversity
I find a commonality, we all believe in a hereafter, a place we journey to after death, it has many different names and descriptives but is in essence the same paradise, I will not dwell further on man’s faiths or beliefs but for the purpose of this challenge, without offence, I will use the term Heaven as a collective for these paradises.
I pose as my challenge a question that may raise some eyebrows, but one that is neither meant nor intended to offend or be provocative, but a question that in my advancing years teases my mind as I think back on my own lifetime and ask, what was it all for.
For those who wish to participate in this challenge I offer this to engage your poetic thought, “What Do We Do In Heaven When We’re Dead.”
I await what I am sure will be some fascinating and enlightening responses, and will of course endeavour to respond to each stimulating and talented entry.
My felicitations to you all,
Charles Ogier de Batz de Castlemore, Comte d'Artagnan.