The Unarmigerous Author Pauses
To Blazon His Escutcheon
Fieri quam
Will de Kypia, né Mooney


AN ESCUTCHEON

Argent, a holly tree eradicated vert, thereon
a lizard passant or, a border compony
counter-compony of the first and second.

Escutcheon-150-hollow
Mooney



Not mine, merely a starting point.


Argent.
Silver is good.

The tree is certainly an American holly.
Eradicated yet still
vert, it looks ready
to planted sometime soon. Like me.

The other charges are ordinary.

A lizard passant or.
Gold is also good. Though I would prefer
the beast to be bolder, a wyvern at least.
And
passant suggests little panache.

Why not an actual dragon? One of the fierce
fire-breathing sort,
guardant, even rampant.

A border compony counter-compony.
Appropriate for a checkered life.
The dark and the light alternate
but they do not commingle.

Of the first and second.
I am the third, son of the second,
he the son of the first. Our lives
connect to the lives of forbears.
I will use those tinctures.

Little more to consider.
Neither wife nor cadency now,
unmarshalled and undifferenced.
No crest, no helm, no supporters.

I am truly as eradicated as that holly.

Perhaps I should append a motto,
some reminder of the wingèd chariot.
Carpe Diem? Tempus Fugit?

Too bourgeois for a newly armigerous boho.
Also declined is any abatement of honour.

But I will grant me an augmentation. A quill pen
with a drop of ink, placed upon the nombril point.

A partial achievement. A work in progress.
Which provides the motto, actually a credo:

___________Fieri Quam Esse
_____It is better to become than to be.


Arms of pretension some might assert.
No matter, they are my achievement.

And since tempus still fugits
I must take up that quill pen.
Write on, right now.
My other credo.

Argent, an American holly tree eradicated vert,
thereon a dragon rampant or, a border compony
counter-compony of the first and second.


As an augmentation, on the nombril point
an inescutcheon azure charged with a quill pen
gules from which depends a goutte sable.


The armourer Hephaestus will forge the escutcheon.



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