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The Cubs

by Mickey 

Posted: 03 January 2008
Word Count: 292
Summary: This was inspired by reading something about the Cubs by John Hegley over Christmas

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Before their re-branding as Cub Scouts
When I was just eight and a half
I became what was known as a Wolf Cub
Where I started to learn woodland craft

We met in a hut in the forest
Where the modern day bypass runs through
And we happily played British Bulldog
(I suppose today that wouldn’t do!)

We were taught to tie bowlines and hitches
And shown how to take plaster casts
Of the cloven-hoofed tracks of a roe deer
Where the juggernaut lorries now pass

We’d a pole with a wolf’s head, and banners
From which our pack colours hung proudly
We were told “have respect and good manners”
And yelled that we’d “do our best” loudly

We promised that we’d do our duty
To God and the Queen, and each day
To do a good turn to another
And to never, from need, turn away

Akela’s assistant, Bagheera,
Was a strapping great lad of thirteen
Who instilled in us panic and fear as
He checked if our neck-scarves were clean

We earned badges for helping our mothers
We grew mustard-and-cress and lit fires
We were told to be truthful and honest
'Cos the worst thing to be was a liar

We showed we were ready and willing
For any small task to be found
And we offered to work for a shilling
When bob-a-job week came around

We had sheath knives for whittling wood with
Or for skinning a rabbit for tea
And we sailed through the air on a rope swing
That was tied to an ancient Oak tree

But our hut in the forest has gone now
There’s a whacking great Tescos instead
With cheap DVDs where once there were trees
Because Cub Scouts today have no ‘cred’

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V`yonne at 14:52 on 03 January 2008  Report this post
Mickey, Yes and isn't that SAD. I just love this. The rhythms nd rhyme are in perfect keeping with the subject but you haven't sacrificed meaning or been utterly slavish and that slight adjustment to iamic pentameter in the penultimate line nicely emphasises the point in a traditional sort of way :)


joanie at 16:18 on 05 January 2008  Report this post
Hi Mike. Depressingly true, unfortunately. I loved it, as ever; I do like rhymes and clever, accurate rhythm and scanning. I still struggle with capital letters at the start of every line, but .... that's me. THANK YOU for DVDs without the apostrophe!!



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