Subject: Waterloo
From: Christopher W. Thomas (poetlaureate@poetic.com)
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Date: Sat June 19, 1999 at 3:50PM

Waterloo


Ten days after the signing of the Treaty of Ghent
Napoleon escaped from Elba, where he'd spent
... A year, exiled, after his defeat in eighteen fourteen
Ending his empire, which'd fallen apart at the seams

Returning to France triumphantly and retaking stand
On March 20th, seemingly, with things well at hand
But it was short-lived, lasting only one hundred days
Until Napoleon ran into Wellington at Waterloo place

Where miscalculations had prominently figured in ...
To the problems encountered on those days of June
Including courier messages improperly delivered ...
And Napoleon's failure to bring up reserves, sitting

In secondary positions where they weren't neeeded
Creating massive holes in the lines totally unheeded
And at the end of it all, some forty-five thousand men lay
Either dead or wounded, within three square miles of clay

- Tristram

Christopher W. Thomas
written 11:15am 6/19/99
for the date - June 18th, 1999