20 Jan 2017

Basket Case



with his unfurled umbrella
this strange little fella
perches in the park
just before dark
occasionally sings 
fluttering his wings
he was first seen 
late in 1915 
another
basket
case




BASKET CASE - While it tends to be used fairly light-heartedly today (usually describing someone who constantly makes stupid mistakes, or seems a bit mad), the original basket case is an unexpectedly gruesome reminder of just how bloody the First World War became. In its original context, a basket case was a soldier who had been so badly injured that he had to be carried from the battlefield in a barrow or basket, usually with the implication that he had lost all four of his limbs.
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