The Corporal

The Corporal

A Poem by David Lewis Paget

The History Reconstruction Arm

Of the Ministry of Offence,

Had called me in for a meeting

With the Chiefs of Recompense,

They said they needed an agent,

Prepared to risk his all,

‘We have the technology waiting

Now we need to change the world.’

 

The shelves in the shops were empty

People fought for a loaf of bread,

Butter was unobtainable

And so was cheese, they said,

The ration cards have been in place

For fifty years or more,

The money was spent on the army, sent

To fight this terrible war.

 

Thank God it hasn’t gone nuclear,

But they said that it never would,

The threat of retaliation kept

The armies where they stood,

The Reds are commanding the channel coast

Right down to the Pyrenees.

And Britain is standing alone again

Though they’ve brought us to our knees.

 

The Fascists in Whitechapel

With their propaganda rule,

While down in Brixham Prison

Lie the hopes and dreams of fools,

They shot the Liberal Poets and

Wiped out the socialist left,

They say what’s good for the country

Is the strong arm of the west!

 

The States are a bristling fortress

But they’ll never come to our aid,

They say whatever they owed us

Was in 14-18 paid,

They’ve colonised the Pacific

Made New Zealand just a State,

Australia’s turned their backs on us

And left us to our fate.

 

‘We’ve studied where it all went wrong,’

Said General Angus Pryde,

‘The Treaty of Rapallo is where

The hopes for peace had died,

That treaty, with the Russians helped

The Germans to re-arm,

Under the cloak of Soviet help,

That sounded the alarm!’

 

‘The man was Walter Rathenau

Who signed that evil form,

Sold Germany to the communists

That’s where this war was born,

The Reds then flooded Germany,

The Reds took over France,

It was only the fact of the channel coast

That halted their advance.'

 

'This Rathenau was the leader when

The war was first declared,

The whole of history hinged on him

And caught us unprepared,

So what we’re now proposing is

The thing you need to do,

Go back, assassinate Rathenau

In 1922.’

 

‘Before or after the treaty’s signed?’

I asked the generals there,

They each looked, one at the other, said

They didn’t really care.

‘To stop the Communist Party taking

Over the German mind,

We’d rather a swing to the right,’ they said,

‘And the rest would fall in line.’

 

'That would leave a mighty hole to fill,

The German leader’s seat,

Who do you think would take his place

If I shot him in the street?’

‘There’s only an Austrian Corporal has

The language, and the style,

But what would a Schicklgruber do?

Would the Germans still say ‘Heil?’

 

David Lewis Paget

© 2012 David Lewis Paget


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Those pesky time machines. I know that is why things get so messed up. Even the gods get mad at us for time travel and just leave us to our fate for messing with something so sacred. Time is the Alpha and the Omega, is it not? Should we really be manipulating it...? Ha. Just messing with you. Loved it.
Be well my friend.

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a very tickling idea! inductive of imagination and thought!
i still dont get what the americans have against the soviets, especially when the truth is that the "allied" west is devil! not the reds!
by that i do not mean the people, i mean the governments!

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Hmm, great writing; though I know no history of this, I can't give you any better feedback.

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A very interesting read of ancient history..perhaps if it had happened,,my Jewish relatives would not have died in those terrible camps..I see you are a history buff along with all of your other accomplishments..You are an amazing guy David..love to you and Lyn..sending God,s blessings too..Kathie

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Kinda sneaks up on ya like a military parade.... too bad you weren't my history teacher... or maybe you are. lol.

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I'm not familiar w/ the players in this one yet I really like the idea of changing history to make our future safe. Enjoyed this one.
~pat

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David my friend,very good rhyming. Nothing is ever solved by war. Another solid write David.

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Those pesky time machines. I know that is why things get so messed up. Even the gods get mad at us for time travel and just leave us to our fate for messing with something so sacred. Time is the Alpha and the Omega, is it not? Should we really be manipulating it...? Ha. Just messing with you. Loved it.
Be well my friend.

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I see this as a marker of truth was hew not the leader of what would have been the communist party of Germany? Wasn't he also then assassinated by a Nazi in 1922

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Hitler considered "only an Austrian Corporal." Can only imagine the cross to bear were one responsible for his rise to power. What a thought...

Excellent imagination, Mr. Paget!

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David Lewis Paget

Moonta, South Australia, Australia



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