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The Surrender of La Légion Noire 1797

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These facts are true. Some more, some less.
A ragged cove bearded with mist,
the anchored grins, a dreamy mistress,
that cassoulet none should resist.
The Frenchies were happily fooled
they'd enlist Celts so badly ruled.
They got Mrs Nicholas instead
- a grenadier, red cloak, tall hat,
a mother tongue to befuddle heads
and pitchfork invaders back.
This dying light creates a theatre
of ghosts above the waves of ifs
and buts. I hear the host mutter
their script along haphazard cliffs.
I'm left a muddle of ways ahead.
But, is it Mrs Nicholas I dread?

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Who was this Mrs. Nicholas? I looked her up: How a cobbler's wife armed with a pitchfork captured 12 Frenchmen during the last invasion of mainland Britain

An entertaining historical piece that I presume, for the author, is close to home.


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Ha Badge,   A rare rhymed poem and I like it. You painted the image with a bit of hometown charm and humor.  I felt the charm and grit and it opens the door to wanting to know more.  Of course I really didn't need to know the why, how and who but that is part of the fun for me.  Tony has a better search engine than me.  All I got from my search of Mrs Nicholas was a third grade teacher and an obit. 😊  I was glad to see the link in his comment.   I love these kind of historical poems.  A reminder of Dedalus.  I wonder what happened to him.


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Thanks Tink. Pleased the poem worked for you, that the balance between history and entertainment was there.



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