King Arthur today
a sofa, two chairs
an occasional table
Credit note: First published in Learning a Language: New Zealand Poetry Society Anthology 2005, edited by Margaret Vos.
Tim says: Frantically busy. Running late. No Tuesday Poem posted last week – little chance of one this week. Facing being drummed out of the regiment,* possible court-martial. What to do?
Then – inspiration strikes in the form of P.S. Cottier posting a haiku. Note to self – adopt same policy – post a haiku! RSM McCallum thereby satisfied, honour of regiment intact. One problem: self not a noted writer of haiku, little inspiration to write one.
But! Chap rummages around in old files, finds the above – one and only haiku ever attempted, and by Jove, published too. Matter of Britain – most satisfactory. Not really a haiku in the strict sense but as Padre says, there are no atheists in a fox-hole. (Note to self: must ask Padre if he has experimental evidence of same. Poss. of survey, troops answering questions on religious belief or lack of while taking shelter from live fire. Would take troops’ minds off their troubles, buck them up. Good for morale.)
*The regiment of Tuesday Poets. Jolly good show, everyone!