British Lion by Nick Asbury


For Allan Norman


This proud indomitable chocolate Lion

could never be French or Uruguayan.

Could a Greek, a German or Hawaiian

have invented a bar like the Lion?


Fie on those who deny this Lion

his true descent. This noble scion

of British stock. No Paraguayan

would dare invent the Lion.


It took a Brit with a will of iron

the kind of man you could rely on

in the trenches – to unleash the Lion.

A pioneer called Allan.


It’s a shame it wasn’t Brian.



Thanks To Ben Smith for this one. It’s from

Editor’s note: This is a patriotic WrapperRhyme to mark National Poetry Day 2011. It is dedicated to Allan Norman, the chocolatier responsible for the original Lion bar.

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