‘The Devil take you, Algernon,

For what you’ve managed with that Gun!

You missed your Sister, mild and sweet,

By six or even seven feet!

What utterly appalling aim!

How can a Father bear the shame?’

At this Boy essayed again

And put a Bullet in her Brain.

‘Bravo!’ said Father, ‘Good for you!

Now pop a Cap in Mother too.

Let’s rid ourselves of all the scum 

Before the Black Marias come.’

And later on in Court that day

A learned Judge was heard to say

‘To Strangeways with this wretched pair!’ 

For all I know they’re both still there.

Algernon, who played with a Loaded Gun, and, on missing his Sister was reprimanded by his Father (Addendum)

© 2019 by Rob Stuart