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Breaker Morant
JH (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.

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Pictorial...perfectly painted imagery of a death-sentence...thanks for sharing
(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
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
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.
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! Hugs, Lee


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