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Alfred The Great- a Maverick

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Alfred The Great- a Maverick

A West Saxon King of Wessex and grace
He dealt with the Danes a convincing deface
Father of Navy and military blow
A legalised system the people should Know
Nation divided the Danes bowed to truce
Example in history for Robert the Bruce

Before this great stand 870 anon
He fought with the Danes 9 battles not one 
Three elder of brothers fought till they died
Their wounds from the battle for Alfred did cry
During the wars in the marshes and mist 
Alfred did hide and men did enlist

Athelney Marsh the bravest remained 
A muiscal lyre for Danes he refrained 
Marching and planning the lady of lakes
Thought and great planning he burnt all her cakes
Beaten by besom for burning the grate
She fell to her knees in humble prostrate

Stumbling on but lost on the Heath 
Broach of gold lace that Alfred had sheathed
The Danes flag of battle broken and torn
A truce with old Guthrum eventually born
All is at rest for subjects now prove   
Schooling begins and the hunger removes

His wife Ethelwulf with Nation at peace
Religion and taxes Westminister keeps
The Navy rebuilt and challenge at sea
Alfred for saint now rumoured by me



Ian Foley


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  1. Date: 3/15/2012 11:42:00 AM

    Congratulations on your well deserved win Ian. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/14/2012 9:24:00 PM

    Thank you for your entry into my contest, Ian. I so enjoyed learning about this historical figure. Your poem is highly visual and I enjoyed the imagery. Congratulations on your win. Cyndi

  1. Date: 6/14/2011 7:01:00 AM

    It was a pleasure to read your poetry this morning Ian. Please keep sharing your writing with us. I wish you much inspiration that you may continue with your writing endeavors whatever they may be. Love, Carol