Breakfast
W W Gibson, (1878-1962)
Published in October 1914
  • A social worker in the East End of London,
  • whose medical history precluded his serving at the Front)
  • We ate our breakfast lying on our backs,
  • Because the shells were screeching overhead.
  • I bet a rasher to a loaf of bread
  • That Hull United would beat Halifax
  • When Jimmy Stainthorp played full-back instead
  • Of Billy Bradford. Ginger raised his head
  • And cursed, and took the bet; and dropt back dead.
  • We ate our breakfast lying on our backs,
  • Because the shells were screeching overhead.
  • Click to return to our Poets' corner