The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #569   Message #2332603
Posted By: GUEST,The laureate wrote:
04-May-08 - 10:46 AM
Thread Name: Origin: The Croppy Boy
Subject: RE: The Croppy Boy
reqiuem for the croppies

The pockets of our greatcoats full of barley -
No kitchens on the run, no striking camp -
We moved quick and sudden in our own country
The priest lay behind ditches with the tramp.

A people, hardly marching - on the hike -
We found new tactics happening each day:
We'd cut through reins and rider with the pike
And stampede cattle into infantry,
Then retreat through hedges where cavalry must be thrown.

Until, on Vinegar Hill, the fatal conclave.
Terraced thousands died, shaking scythes at cannon.
The hillside blushed, soaked in our broken wave.
They buried us without shroud or coffin
And in August the barley grew up out of the grave.