A. P. Herbert

(1890-1971 / Ashtead, Surrey)

Not A Word! (or Unconditional Surrender)


Why should we tell the Hun
What happens when we've won?
You do not tell the snake
What form his death will take,
Or courteously explain
That he will feel no pain
(Unless you're so polite
You'd like another bite,
Or think that you can make
Hard bargains with a snake).
You hit him on the head
Until the reptile's dead.
When we are sure of that
It will be time to chat.
July 16, 1944

Submitted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Edited: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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