An Englishman In Disguise
Because he was called Giovanni Acuto,
his true nationality was misunderstood
as he wasn't Italian but an Englishman
whose real name was John Hawkwood.
He led the mercenary White Company
and fought for Edward III, king of France.
Those soldiers of fortune were tough,
they were not tied but were freelance.
The Peninsula Italia in the 14th century
was divided into many warring states.
To Milan and Florence, John Hawkwood
offered to fight for them with his mates.
He also served the pope who gave him
a great expanse of land, as a reward.
He married the illegitimate daughter
of the duke of Milan whom he adored.
John, the condottiere, was regarded
as a leader and soldier of excellence.
Because of his loyalty he was made
an honorary denizen of Florence.
Having decided to return to England,
because he was getting frail and old.
he planned to make arrangements
for his property and land to be sold.
It is wisest to plan well in advance
in case one might unexpectedly die.
The best schemes of mice and men
are well known to go often awry.
That happened to this Englishman
who had the prophetic intuition
he would shuffle off this mortal coil
before his dream came to fruition.
© Luigi Pagano 2022