Diane Hine

(25 July 1956)

Footsore in 451AD


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…”

and
sensing a lack of consonant closure,
the soldier hawked
a corporeal exclamation mark
………….!

Submitted: Friday, November 01, 2013
Edited: Saturday, November 02, 2013

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

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 this poem (Footsore in 451AD by Diane Hine )

Enter the verification code :

  • 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

  • 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

Read all 4 comments »

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  9. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

New Poems

  1. Days When The Darkness Is Greater Than T.., Shalom Freedman
  2. STORM IN A TEACUP, Philo Yan
  3. Never take anybody, gajanan mishra
  4. All one, gajanan mishra
  5. The ignorant, gajanan mishra
  6. Poetry For I. H. Rizvi, Bijay Kant Dubey
  7. If Any Sense Is Attempted To Be Made, Lawrence S. Pertillar
  8. Just one kiss, Kelly Curiel
  9. I love you to the moon and back, Petai Jirakongpipat
  10. jewel in crown of hell, ademola oluwabusayo

Poem of the Day

poet Percy Bysshe Shelley

We are as clouds that veil the midnight moon;
How restlessly they speed, and gleam, and quiver,
Streaking the darkness radiantly!--yet soon
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Jessie Mackay

 
[Hata Bildir]