St. Vitus Day – June 28, 1914

A re-post for the 100th anniversary

Such a warm and pleasant Summer’s day
for a leisurely ride on down the Quai
the top was down on the Graft und Stift
that glorious June St. Vitus Day

Breezes ruffled feathers green
a helmet adorning his princely head
while sun beams danced upon the scene
glittering medals on a noble breast

His Duchess wife, all dressed in white
beside him in the back they sat
her eyes were shielded from the light
a wide brim on an elegant hat.

In a little town of less renown
this quiet backwater of the realm
the day would bring calamity
on this their anniversary

for in front of Schiller’s bakery
a slight and unremarkable man
a nobody in the backwater town
would change the course of history.

Perhaps just finishing a coffee
when the Prince’s car pulled up
a wrong turn while on the Quai
it then began to back away

The little man now pulled a gun
killing the two in white and green
not knowing as he viewed the scene
would die another hundred million.



Archduke Franz Ferdinand assassinated. (Everett Collection/The Canadian Press)


photo: wikipedia


About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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