Treasure Island

Diane Hine

(25 July 1956)

Who Would Have Thought?


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.’

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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