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A Sonnet Soliloquy


Gerard's elder son's career took him to Barotseland in Central Africa. He married the younger daughter of Lord Baden-Powell.  Their first-born arrived (in Africa) in June 1937.




Before the baby's born I've called him Kad-

Kadwallader. R. Klay. (I hate all C's)

R stands for Robin, that the brat may please

Grand-Dad and Uncle, Dad and Great Grand-Dad.

No infant robes for him ! He shall be clad

Even at birth in shorts above bare knees.

So shall he forth to grace our Jamborees,

And drive each broken-hearted Brownie mad!


Then shall come true that happiest Christmas dream

Dreamed by the Chief, and drawn by his own hand

A B-P cub (with some slight Klay alloy)

Dropped from the clouds, to be one day supreme

As King ! If only of Barotseland .


GOSH! He's a GIRL ! I couldn't bear a boy


June 1937

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