Diane Hine

Silver Star - 4,112 Points (25 July 1956)

Who Would Have Thought? - Poem by Diane Hine

The men were sick of salted beef. They gagged.
Perhaps they dreamt of ale and British haddock.
The flour was spoilt by rain. The soldiers flagged.
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Poet's Notes about The Poem

Sprang is a stretchy fabric made entirely from warp threads.

According to Wikipedia, Braddock’s last words were ‘Who would have thought? ’
but another source had ‘We shall know how to fight them next time’.

Old military adage: ‘A commander can be forgiven for being defeated but never for being surprised.’

Comments about Who Would Have Thought? by Diane Hine

  • Rookie - 498 Points Perry Biggerstaff (1/14/2014 8:16:00 PM)

    As a fellow history buff, I truly enjoyed this. Anytime one can finish reading a poem with a smile...the poet has obviously and successfully created something special. Thanks Diane. (Report) Reply

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  • Bronze Star - 2,497 Points Unwritten Soul (11/29/2013 11:20:00 PM)

    Agreed with the rest, Diane writing always laced with linguistic ink and knowledge deep! _Soul (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 4,717 Points Valerie Dohren (11/27/2013 10:34:00 AM)

    Your knowledge always amazes me Diane - fascinating read. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 18,503 Points Lyn Paul (11/16/2013 8:41:00 AM)

    Thank You Diane your research, your knowledge along with your your humour is incredible. You have something different and very special from us all (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 45,456 Points Valsa George (11/16/2013 7:02:00 AM)

    Diana, I stumble on the rocks of your' huddock, bannock and hummock' and miserably flop on my buttocks!
    Oh, what havoc! ! Enjoyed your play of words! ! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,139 Points Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (11/16/2013 3:51:00 AM)

    Oh, Generals need better burials
    One of green and granite stocks
    That people may come to salute
    For whatever they stood for....

    Great poem - loved it (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 12,375 Points Douglas Scotney (11/15/2013 6:52:00 PM)

    I thought as you buried him in that road
    everywhere else must have been rock,
    and contemplating your titular goad,
    I have thought, 'Great use of -ock! ' (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,738 Points Dinesh Nair (11/15/2013 8:50:00 AM)

    A tracing of human acts attired in the images of situations and sensitivity of things. A lovely narrative with a fresh touch again. I am giving a 10 for your write. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 39,822 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (11/15/2013 3:58:00 AM)

    Historical poem making interested read to all lovely Diane 10 (Report) Reply

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