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Diane Hine

Freshman - 2,185 Points (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

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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)

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  • Freshman - 1,402 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 - 135 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

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