The Charge of the leaf Brigade: By Tom  

Posted by Thom in

Here is something I wrote thought y'all would enjoy. I couldn't remember if I posted it before... I couldn't find it anywhere so I guess I did not. its a play on Alfred Tennysons "the charge of the Light Brigade" but I have never actually read "the Charge of the Light Brigade" I have only heard it a couple of times......



On the cold pavement could
could be heard the gallop of there feet
"Charge!" cried the head one
as they thundered down curb steep

And charge they did out of obedience to there king
for there deaths shall not be remembered and of them no-one shall sing

Over the pavement they thundered
crushed by Good-Year tall and strong.
Some cried "stop you damnded fools
or your charge it will not be long!"

Over the road of death
did charge the light Four-score
smashed form right and left
by black and Grey Four-doors

Half-a-yard, half-a-yard, half-a-yard onward.
Through the pavement of death the leaves they did thunder.

Charged they over the medion
Charged without rest
Charge they cried
as the next curb came abreast.

again downwrd they stormed
with the wind at there back
"Give 'em blood and thunder!"
cried they at attack.

Then came a Fifteen passenger,
with a large sliding door,
and that was the death
of the remaining two score.

Half-a-yard, half-a-yard, half-a-yard onward.
Through the pavement of death the leaves they did thunder.

and on cold winter nights,
when the trees they do sigh,
is remembered the leaf brigade
and how they did die.



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5 comments

That's pretty darn good for only having heard Tennyson's poem.

July 27, 2010 at 2:52 PM

wow! that's a great parody, Tom, and yeah - you caught the style pretty well for only having heard it a couple of times! You might have put in something like

"Wheels to the right of them,
Wheels to the left of them,
Swift rolled and thundered..." :)

July 27, 2010 at 8:36 PM

"Half-a-yard, half-a-yard, half-a-yard onward.
Through the pavement of death the leaves they did thunder."

Metre is good here, so is Agnes Regina's sugestion.

Other parts are not that metre of Tennyson.

July 30, 2010 at 7:36 AM

Tennyson.

If I had to chose between making a reference without the metre or a poem in the metre without the reference, I would chose the latter.

July 30, 2010 at 9:47 AM

yeah, but I don't know that meter of "The Charge of the Light Brigade"
I did that with a poem that is now, maybe, forever lost. I had the meter of Edger Allen Poe's the Raven. I'll post it.... if I ever find it....

August 6, 2010 at 10:10 PM

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