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A poetry reading...
#1394044 Sun Jan 24 2021 04:44 PM
Joined: Nov 1995
Posts: 4,832
J
Unrepentant VW Lover
Fellow vets,

The recent treatment of our brothers and sisters in the National Guard brought to mind one of Rudyard Kiplings poems. I share it with you now for your professional and personal edification:

Tommy
By Rudyard Kipling

I WENT into a public 'ouse to get a pint o' beer,
The publican 'e up an' sez, " We serve no red-coats here."
The girls be'ind the bar they laughed an' giggled fit to die,
I outs into the street again an' to myself sez I:
O it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' " Tommy, go away " ;
But it's " Thank you, Mister Atkins," when the band begins to play
The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
O it's " Thank you, Mister Atkins," when the band begins to play.

I went into a theatre as sober as could be,
They gave a drunk civilian room, but 'adn't none for me;
They sent me to the gallery or round the music-'alls,
But when it comes to fightin', Lord! they'll shove me in the stalls!
For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' " Tommy, wait outside ";
But it's " Special train for Atkins " when the trooper's on the tide
The troopship's on the tide, my boys, the troopship's on the tide,
O it's " Special train for Atkins " when the trooper's on the tide.

Yes, makin' mock o' uniforms that guard you while you sleep
Is cheaper than them uniforms, an' they're starvation cheap.
An' hustlin' drunken soldiers when they're goin' large a bit
Is five times better business than paradin' in full kit.
Then it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an` Tommy, 'ow's yer soul? "
But it's " Thin red line of 'eroes " when the drums begin to roll
The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
O it's " Thin red line of 'eroes, " when the drums begin to roll.

We aren't no thin red 'eroes, nor we aren't no blackguards too,
But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you;
An' if sometimes our conduck isn't all your fancy paints,
Why, single men in barricks don't grow into plaster saints;
While it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an` Tommy, fall be'ind,"
But it's " Please to walk in front, sir," when there's trouble in the wind
There's trouble in the wind, my boys, there's trouble in the wind,
O it's " Please to walk in front, sir," when there's trouble in the wind.

You talk o' better food for us, an' schools, an' fires, an' all:
We'll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
Don't mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
The Widow's Uniform is not the soldier-man's disgrace.
For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an` Chuck him out, the brute! "
But it's " Saviour of 'is country " when the guns begin to shoot;
An' it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' anything you please;
An 'Tommy ain't a bloomin' fool - you bet that Tommy sees


Semper Fidelis,
John

Remember ... no politics here. Just those of us who have nothing to prove or demonstrate or affirm to *anyone*


John
"Paul! Peggy barada nikto. PEGGY BARADA NIKTO!!!!"


'49 Chevrolet 3804

Re: A poetry reading...
John Milliman #1394056 Sun Jan 24 2021 05:24 PM
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Grease Monkey, Moderator General Truck Talk & Greasy Spoon
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Re: A poetry reading...
John Milliman #1394963 Sat Jan 30 2021 12:24 AM
Joined: Dec 2002
Posts: 3,988
Moderator - The Electrical Bay and Rocky Mountain Bolters
Interesting verse.


Another quality post.


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Re: A poetry reading...
John Milliman #1395073 Sat Jan 30 2021 09:15 PM
Joined: Nov 1995
Posts: 4,832
J
Unrepentant VW Lover
Rusty,

I was introduced to it many years ago at a Mess Night. The GOH, some general, got up and recited it from memory.

S/F
John


John
"Paul! Peggy barada nikto. PEGGY BARADA NIKTO!!!!"


'49 Chevrolet 3804

Re: A poetry reading...
John Milliman #1395391 Tue Feb 02 2021 01:22 AM
Joined: Feb 2004
Posts: 21,811
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There's a lot of us who share Tommy's sentiments. I read that one for the first time back in the 1960's, in high school when most of the really good teachers were WW II or Korea vets.
Jerry


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