Diane Hine

Silver Star - 4,112 Points (25 July 1956)

Footsore In 451ad - Poem by Diane Hine

A narky legionary stood guard
somewhere in Gaul and carped:

“Blast Attila the Hun
and Honoria the meddler
and Attila’s archers;
part man part horse,
stinging arrows
birdwing bows;
fish glue, bamboo
sinew and horn.
Blast his horse
his horde
his whore…”

sensing a lack of consonant closure,
the soldier hawked
a corporeal exclamation mark

Poet's Notes about The Poem

The Emperor’s sister Honoria sought Attila’s help in 450 AD. Atilla interpreted this as a proposal of marriage and claimed half the western Empire as dowry. When this was refused, he invaded Gaul.

(last bit probably doesn’t apply in Latin)

Comments about Footsore In 451ad by Diane Hine

  • Gold Star - 16,799 Points Lyn Paul (11/6/2013 5:49:00 AM)

    Creative indeed, you amaze me with your words and your ideas. (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,738 Points Dinesh Nair (11/2/2013 10:51:00 AM)

    A glimpse into how a foolish war took place retold in Diane`s small poem amounts to arousing more interest in similar tales/episodes. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 445 Points Danny Draper (11/2/2013 4:19:00 AM)

    It could not have been worse without a doubt his olives exchanged for sauerkraut. Attila struck at her proposal caveat emptor at his disposal, carpe diem, inadvertent random apocryphal interpretation, assumed by love's most fickle transpire, calmly assumed ownership of half an empire. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 54,510 Points Gajanan Mishra (11/1/2013 8:31:00 PM)

    Good write, I like it, tahnks. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, November 1, 2013

Poem Edited: Saturday, November 2, 2013

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