Napoleon's Nosatlgia
Author: Joseph Ogbonna


Corsica oh my Corsica
Corsica of a thousand charms
Corsica of whose fragrance
I can distinguish from France.
I delight in your coat of arms
with an image the replica
of an emancipated man.
You were my childhood paradise,
in your gardens I played and ran
your shores inspired delightful tales
of a land fortified by whales.
Oh Corsica my Corsica
I long to inhabit your shores
to flee Hudson's punitive laws
There never was a land so dear
as this idyllic island rare.
France did value thee at a price
and Genoa prospered from thy sale
Corsica oh my Corsica
Shall I ever see thee again?
or will my longing be in vain?
oh how I love thee Corsica!
heal my protracted home sickness
like a tender loving mistress.

------- Author's Notes -------

A fictitious nostalgic poem about the emperor Napoleon's nostalgia for his native Corsica while he was on exile on the island of St Helena.


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