A Warrior Pen
"Si vis pacem, para vellum." (If you want peace, prepare for war.) - Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus, De Re Militari
"Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” - Audre Lorde
I have a warrior spirit. And when I say that, I don't mean that I am aggressive, angry, or negative in any way. In fact, just the opposite. One of my core values is peace. But my primary value is courage. And, it takes a lot of courage to protect and defend one's peace. As Audre Lorde reminds me, "Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare." And as we are reminded from the Latin writer, Publius Flavius Vegetius Rentus, if we want peace, we have to prepare for war. Nothing ensures peace more than being ready to defend it. I deeply believe this, and it is the center of all that I do, in order to remain balanced and at peace.
Warriors have their regalia and uniforms, designed both for purpose, identification, and to wear as symbols of honor. When you put on a uniform and/or pick up the weapon, it is empowering. The same holds true when I pick up my pen. For most writing, I'll use any pen, but for "warrior writing," that which I do to maintain and defend my inner peace, I have always used a special fountain pen.
My first "warrior pen" was a yellow Shaeffer No Nonsense fountain pen. My second one was a black Pelikan M200. My third third one was a desert orange Pilot Vanishing Point. My fourth and current warrior pen is a blue aurolide Aurora Optima (pictured above).
The "warrior pen" is symbolic. Does one pen possess any more power than another? No. The feeling and sentiment are symbolic, but meaningful to me. My warrior pen is always with me for warrior writing, though I may use it at any time. It is comfortable in my hand for long periods of writing.