Semaphore Flag Signalling System

Crazy as this seems

There are only five bits to the word “ERROR”

And only three letters

E, R, O

But once someone in the know

Along time ago

Decided that when using Semaphore flags

EIGHT ‘E’s are needed

To signal a mistake

In the message being sent


Now I must admit

After eight ‘E’s

I might be flagging

In fact

I’d be on on my knees*

Semaphore Flag Signalling System

n.b. www.napowrimo.net Day 23 Prompt, Letters of the alphabet. Images are from the Australian National Botanical Service, http://www.anbg.gov.au/gardens/index.html

*This is a just a light-hearted poem, I am not promoting drug use. Taking ecstasy (“E”) can result in serious illness, long-term side-effects and has on occasions resulted in death.

Christopher Perry

23rd April, 2020

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Christopher Perry

Liberté, Equalité, Humanité

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