Fortescue's dilemna?

Fortescue's dilemna?

A Poem by Tom
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LBW = leg before wicket = ball would have hit wicket instead of leg hence batsman is out! Often controversial as it is perceived and judged so by the umpire ( referee )

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Lord Fortescue could not sit alone

and bide away precious time,
always by the book, no babbling brook
straight talking his regime

A retired colonel, a decorated career
served King and country well,
though civvy street, gave him itchy feet
so he began to rebel

After dinner parties at his grand home
guests, ceremoniously drilled,
and any gentleman, whose boots were bland
made aware of his déshabillé

And when the vicar called for weekly visit
he too, subject of short shrift,
shown the front door, for nothing more
than asking for philanthropic gift

Though once a colonel, his wife, the general
finally had enough,
the good Fortescue name, must not be shamed
so took him by the scruff

"Horace, my fine fellow, now listen here
relinquish your dominion,
accept your station or take permanent vacation
none regard, inflated opinion!"

But Smithers the family butler, long standing
listening with keen antenna,
knew the master's malcontent, not his natural bent
sought cure for this dilemma

He organised a local cricket match
the venue, Fortescue's estate,
his Lordship chipper, appointed himself skipper
of that, there was no debate

A fine, competitive game ensued
Fortescue led by example,
his innings prolific, his leadership terrific
courageously, he bore the mantle

Out LBW on ninety-nine, adjudged by umpire Smithers
but acceptingly, he departed,
as applause pulsated, reputation reinstated
ne'er again, stand-offish nor cold hearted

The old military officer, now back to former self
willow replaced, the swagger-stick,
aided by stellar gent, Smithers, his manservant
knew what made the master tick

And as for Lady Fortescue, a woman of substance
content the worm had turned
no more in dread, her husband brings his bat to bed
between them, things now feel firm!


© 2017 Tom



Author's Note

Tom
1.Willow = wood of a cricket bat 2. Swagger stick = carried by military officers of rank

And thankfully it ended well!

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Smiling here.....brings his bat to bed, eh? :) Loved this one, Tom. The butler knew best. All the Lord needed was a decisive win on the cricket field. Now the Lady and the Lord can live happily ever after. There was just the right amount of tongue in cheek humor here and, as always, great rhythm and rhyme. I enjoyed thoroughly. Lydi**

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


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Tom

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you Lydia, yes, you know my style so well, tongue & cheek is hard to beat! lol..



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lol what a phenomenal writer!! love the last part you also have the gift of being able to rhyme... no matter what word... great write indeed love its humor and fun!!

Posted 6 Days Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Tom

5 Days Ago

Again Marilyn, thank you for your thoughtful and wonderful appraisal of my story/poem, you know me n.. read more
ahahahaha! a fine rollicking tale well told ..very much enjoyed the rhyme, cadence and the game ..good to see false pride replaced with something far more substantive ;)))
E.

Posted 1 Week Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Tom

1 Week Ago

Lol E. The proof always is in the pudding !!

Thank you Sir for your astute and worldl.. read more
Einstein Noodle

1 Week Ago

and thank you sir for sharing your poem .. perfect name for the gentleman by the way ..
I say, old man - taking the old bat to bed --it's just not cricket , you know.!!!!
Loved the narrative though.:-D

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


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Tom

2 Weeks Ago

Love your so appropriate and appreciated analogy Norman, thank you my friend!
Smiling here.....brings his bat to bed, eh? :) Loved this one, Tom. The butler knew best. All the Lord needed was a decisive win on the cricket field. Now the Lady and the Lord can live happily ever after. There was just the right amount of tongue in cheek humor here and, as always, great rhythm and rhyme. I enjoyed thoroughly. Lydi**

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Tom

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you Lydia, yes, you know my style so well, tongue & cheek is hard to beat! lol..

His wife was going to send him on permanent vacation, just because the Lord Fortescue had been made to feel superior? Ah, the faithful servant, knew what to do . Sometimes a good sports match brings reality into a situation. I am so glad it all ended well. Enjoyable read.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Tom

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you Great Aunti for your appreciation and welcome visit!
What wonderfully clever and witty language, Tom!
Your phrasing told a rhythmic tale so well, smiled here and ther, especially at the finish..( giggling again.. won't say why). Your mind.. your thinking.. swerves corners, you know -. the way in which you use words so cleanly to create, for example here,

' Out LBW on ninety-nine, adjudged by umpire Smithers
but acceptingly, he departed,
as applause pulsated, reputation reinstated
ne'er again, stand-offish nor cold hearted '

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


Tom

3 Weeks Ago

This poem has made a few giggle, wonder why?

Thank you Emma, for your welcome visit a.. read more
emmajoy

3 Weeks Ago

Why? I know, I know. - because we all need giggles.. :)
A classic tale told in 'Kiplinesque' style and with panache and swagger a plenty.

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Tom

4 Weeks Ago

Thank you John!
So many great messages here Tom...Our loved ones never give up on us. There is joy and cheer to find if only sought keenly enough. And how an awesome game can turn things around, help us connect with ourselves, find happiness again. I love just love the fabulous humor in the concluding lines....Was away for a bit and came back to this delightful read. Thanks for sharing, dear Tom.

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Tom

4 Weeks Ago

Thank you Divya, so happy to know my poem gave you a chuckle !
DIVYA

4 Weeks Ago

A chuckle and many smiles indeed and so much to think about on this warm Sunday afternoon. Its a ple.. read more
leading by example means more than any speeches...

i like the way you present your themes through interesting and fun stories.

j.

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Tom

1 Month Ago

Thank you Jacob, yes indeed, sort of my style and it seems to work!
Absolutely bril Tom, you had me smiling throughout & laughing out loud at the end. I reckon you have a winner here for sure. Keep em coming, some of us out here need cheering up.........N

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Tom

1 Month Ago

So glad I brightened your day Neville, and thanks as ever for stopping by my friend!
Neville Pettitt

1 Month Ago

My pleasure.... PM'd ya Tom

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