JFK – 3 Random Facts

Victura

On the anniversary of the death of John Fitzgerald Kennedy (I was almost 2 months old) I have prepared three lesser known facts about him.

1.  His favourite boat was “Victura” (pictured above).  She is a Wianno Senior, a 25 ft gaff rigged sloop given to John as a 15th birthday present by his father.

2.  The favourite part of his visit to Ireland was the military drill by the Irish Army Cadets at the graves of the heroes of 1916 in Arbor Hill Cemetery.  Kennedy wanted a similar drill to be performed for the fallen at Arlington.  When he died the Irish Government sent a squad of cadets to perform the drill at the burial of Kennedy.

3.  His favourite poem was “I have a rendezvous with death”.  Some people think he foresaw his own demise.  I like to think he remained grounded.

I Have a Rendezvous with Death ; by Alan Seeger

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I have a rendezvous with Death
At some disputed barricade,
When Spring comes back with rustling shade
And apple-blossoms fill the air-
I have a rendezvous with Death
When Spring brings back blue days and fair.

It may be he shall take my hand
And lead me into his dark land
And close my eyes and quench my breath-
It may be I shall pass him still.
I have a rendezvous with Death
On some scarred slope of battered hill,
When Spring comes round again this year
And the first meadow-flowers appear.

God knows ’twere better to be deep
Pillowed in silk and scented down,
Where love throbs out in blissful sleep,
Pulse nigh to pulse, and breath to breath,
Where hushed awakenings are dear…
But I’ve a rendezvous with Death
At midnight in some flaming town,
When Spring trips north again this year,
And I to my pledged word am true,
I shall not fail that rendezvous.

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