Thump, The Little Canon #writephoto

This week’s #writephoto prompt is

Thump wasn’t your ordinary canon. Thump had been around. Cast in 1740, as a shiny new gun, he’d joined the Worthy Seaman and travelled the world, defending his men. He loved his gun crew, though all that soft flesh meant they changed often. The good ones oiled and wiped him, understood how salt water stung and sun sucked him dry. They ensured he was protected from hard jolts and metal hammers. In return he hurled himself forward, out of his gun port as he spat those little pips at the French, the Dutch and, especially the Spanish. Crump and Trump, cast in the same foundry had gone, one sunk to the bottom of the Sargasso Sea and the other smithereened in a battle with pirates off Florida, but new canon were always arriving, chirpy hollows of iron keen to get pumping, wanting the experience the searing heat of the gunpowder, the dizzying rush of the expulsion. Thump would tell stories of battles fought, of miraculous escapes when the ships caught fire or some other canon ball almost destroyed their gun deck.

He’d survived the change to ironclads, been adapted to fight on a gun carriage and travelled Europe and North Africa, blasting at hills and stone forts. There was a satisfaction in watching walls crack and crumble but he hankered for the easy life at sea, the softness of the waves against the ruts and holes of the roads much travelled. And the company. He missed the camaraderie of the gun deck.

As the nineteenth became the twentieth century, Thump was converted again, this time a step up to perform ceremonial duties, for Royal birthdays, national days of celebration and visiting dignitaries. He’d been admired by decorated veterans, aloof princelings and sticky-fingered children.

And now here he was, fully retired and settled into his own rampart, back where he was forged so many years ago.

As he contemplated the horizon, he felt content. Life had been good and now, for the first time in centuries he didn’t have a headache…

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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23 Responses to Thump, The Little Canon #writephoto

  1. A lively history with an amusing close

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  2. willowdot21 says:

    Geoff this is absolutely a great storytelling, I enjoyed the history too…..I just keep waiting for the Rev Cannon Fodder from the Village to arrive or an invasion of brass monkies!
    Love it !

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  3. I’ve never felt empathy with a canon before today (except for the Reverend Doctor Canon Arbuthnot, but that is another story entirely). Well done Thump. It was a blast!

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  4. noelleg44 says:

    What a charming story you’ve crafted! And I loved the ending. I may have to tell this one to my grandson!

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  5. George says:

    So glad he’s enjoying retirement and not pining for his lost balls. Sorry, couldn’t resist. Wonderful flight of the imagination.

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  6. V.M.Sang says:

    Oh, what a lovely story. I’m glad Thump has made it to a well-deserved retirement.

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  7. Great story. 😊


  8. Jennie says:

    Awww… I’m Thump’s newest fan. He is a hero.

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