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Old School Ties
by franciman
Originally published on March 7, 2016 in Poetry        


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Balding-Young minor was promoted a Major
in the ranks of the Grenadier Guards.
Yes, he was de-bagged here; a really nice fag dear;
yet he never once wavered or cried.
I read in the paper, sent out here by mater
In the mess drinking claret, he died.

Yes it’s true; such a bugger!
He was rotten at rugger
But terribly good with a bat.
Seems the claret was stolen
made his airway quite swollen
So he died at the Front, and that’s that.

There’s some talk of a medal
Seems he downed several bottles
even after his Regiment fled.
He’s a credit to Eton
To Oxbridge and England.
It’s really a pity he’s dead.

Isn’t that so ironic,
but in the same paper
On the Somme Sixty thousand have died.
There’s no call to be tearful.
There was no-one from College
So I doubt if they’re on the same side.

© franciman (franciman on OLD UKA)

UKArchive ID: 36304
Archived comments for Old School Ties


Mikeverdi on 07-03-2016
Old School Ties
This is just first class, upper class even HaHa! It's got you all over it mate. I've nominated it.

Mike

Author’s Reply:
Cheers Mike,

Can I just say, you're a fine judge of talent!

cheers,

Jim


Savvi on 07-03-2016
Old School Ties
A cut above the hoi polloi Jim, very much enjoyed the end and internal rhyming well above par. I would have another look at S4 something feels off with the rhyme, but it could be me. Best Keith

Author’s Reply:
Thanks Keith,

It doesn't quite scan does it? I will look again.

cheers,

Jim


pdemitchell on 08-03-2016
Old School Ties
The hundred thousand ghosts at Haig's dinner table would have enjoyed and related to this fine rolling ode. Paul

Author’s Reply:
Hi Paul,

Glad you enjoyed along with the rest!

cheers,

Jim


stormwolf on 09-03-2016
Old School Ties
Pure Jim! Pure dead brilliant an' aw. 👍

Alison x

Author’s Reply:
Aw!! I thought I'd done a guid joab o' disguising ma voice? Naw?

Glad to hear from you again. Looking forward to the Meet.

cheers,

Jim XX


Pronto on 09-03-2016
Old School Ties
loved it Jim. I hope you kept a stiff upper lip as you penned this piece!

Author’s Reply:
My wife often says I should bite my lip, if not my tongue. I'm sure she feels I have too much to say. Probably true..

cheers,

Jim


Pronto on 09-03-2016
Old School Ties
loved it Jim. I hope you kept a stiff upper lip as you penned this piece!

Author’s Reply:


sweetwater on 10-03-2016
Old School Ties
I agree with all the above comments, just wanted to add my name to the admirer's list, great, great write. Sue.

Author’s Reply:
Duly noted Sue!

I am really glad you enjoyed it, it was a pleasure to write.

cheers,

Jim x