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Post"Ode to The Last King of Scotland" (Timothy Ashby, Spain, 10/06/19 6:45 am)
Here's my contribution to the WAIS Poetry festival:
"Ode to The Last King of Scotland"
You may speak of days of glory
In tropic countries green
But have you heard the story of
His Lordship, Duke Amin?
He was a man of greatness
As plain it is to see
He gave himself the Iron Cross
And an Ivory VC.
He savoured foods of haute cuisine
And frowned on social slips
Whilst munching ripe bananas
And greasy fish and chips.
A connoisseur of history
Was Idi Amin too
And listeners would tremble when
He spoke of Waterloo.
"Now Gen'ral Lee was here," he'd say,
"But Rommel moved too slow,
And so de Duke if Wellington won,
De Battle of Jericho."
But, alas, he is no more my friends,
He partook too much of Scotch,
And found himself on a firing range
Facing the Black Watch.
His name will live for ages
And never be forgot',
Inscribed in works of history,
The famous, Idi-it.
JE comments: Brilliant, Tim! You're on the program--but no reading allowed. Must be recited from the heart.
And how, by Jove, did you settle on Idi Amin as the subject of this ode? Perhaps it's part of a larger opus on genocidal madmen? Come to think of it, a lot rhymes with Pol Pot, too--thought, rot, naught, polyglot. A more challenging one: Ceausescu.