"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

Rum Rations

From time to time several coaches draw up along the beach road.

From them emerge men of a certain age.

The Indian Navy Southern Command is based here and the men are ex-navy.

They have come for the perk of their pension:

Regular rum rations and a little camaraderie.

The men’s behaviour remains exemplary throughout these trips,

Though they appear perhaps a little sleepy by the time their coaches are ready to leave.


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