jerry hughes

Veteran Poet - 1,344 Points (January 4,1931 / a citizen of the world)

Breaker Morant

Poem by jerry hughes

Handcuffed, manacled and blindfolded
he stood before a firing squad,
awaiting the prescribed military execution.
A colour sergeant, inappropriately named asked:
'Do you have anything to say before the sentence
of the tribunal is carried out? '
Breaker Morant replied, 'Shoot straight you bastards.'

Addendum: Morant requested his blindfold be removed,
it was.

Comments about Breaker Morant by jerry hughes

  • Nel OmofolarinNel Omofolarin (7/24/2015 9:59:00 AM)

    Pictorial...perfectly painted imagery of a death-sentence...thanks for sharing(Report)Reply

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  • Alison Cassidy (12/6/2007 6:53:00 PM)

    (And Edward Woodward played him to perfection.) Your poem captures the essence of the Australian soldier (then and now) - brave, bold and wittily irreverent. Great poem. love, Allie xxxx(Report)Reply

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  • Ivan Donn Carswell (11/29/2007 1:45:00 AM)

    Australian History will always favour Harry Harbord 'Breaker' Morant (who WAS born a Pom afterall) . Australian mythology sees him as a symbol of why we shouldn't be amused with having being British. Somewhere between we manage to get along - I guess. As usual Jerry punches straight to the nub... Rgds, Ivan(Report)Reply

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  • Ted Sheridan (11/28/2007 11:54:00 PM)

    He was only carring out his orders and then the rules of engagement changed as they always due when politicians make them up as they go along.(Report)Reply

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  • Lee Degnan (11/28/2007 11:38:00 PM)

    I had a poster once, it was a tiny mouse standing in an eagle's shadow... and the mouse was giving his predator the finger. I love that spirit!
    Nice to catch a posting of yours nice and fresh... I enjoy your humor!

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Poem Edited: Tuesday, April 26, 2011