Fair Game

A Dorset lad, just fifteen years
Loads double-gun for squire’s shoot.
Father’s battle-line of beaters
Crash through brush in wild pursuit
Of partridge in their coven. Flushed
To flight on whirring wings, muted
By cannonade, the boy’s cry, stepping out
Half-blinded by the shot.

Notes:
My great-grandfather was double gunner for the Charborough Estate shoot, Bere Regis (double gunner is a shotgun loader able to ready and pass the loaded gun and take and reload the empty shotgun before the firing of 2 rounds). Obviously he survived the injury.

Illustration – Bere Regis church where he was baptised and worshipped. – artist John Everett

Just 44 words for the Quadrille prompt: Flush

20 Comments on “Fair Game

  1. Half blinded? We need to know more! An interesting tale.

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  2. What a story, and so glad it did go well. Something in the way you tell the story made me think about “Out, out-” by Robert Frost… glad of a better ending.

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    • thanks for the reference to the Frost poem – in turn reminds me of what happened to Johnny Cash’s young brother

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  3. Lovely piece Laura – this tragic (and probably typical) story. So like how you’ve captured the action – with the line break ‘Flushed / To flight on whirring wings…’ I’m guessing there’s more writing from this story to come? And wonderful painting.

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    • I’m not sure about any continuations Peter but thank you for your appreciation.
      p.s. Had not known much about this Dorset artist til I wrote this – he became renowned as a seascape artist and I must go and see the artwork he left to the nation at Greenwich

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  4. A very descriptive story packed into 44 words and I especially like the the phrase….” Flushed
    To flight on whirring wings”.

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