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douglas scotney

(boomer / Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Resides in Adelaide)

Call a Spade


What symbols once a poet got away with
without the hint of an audience laugh.
What tragedy he could convey
with what he now must with a spade portray.

Symbolism's dead when life is tragedy.
A poet even questions the use of dexterity.

Submitted: Friday, November 15, 2013

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  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (11/16/2013 3:56:00 AM)

    Times have changed you must know
    And now you can call a spade an axe
    This is what the world has come to show
    That honesty and integrity is now a bit lax
    But to be practical we must go
    The way the winds do blow.....

    Great work sir and I welcome you to my page too (Report) Reply

  • Paul Brookes (11/16/2013 2:04:00 AM)

    New ways to convey the language seems to sweep away the old and we poor poets have to bend or we will break It is a shame the world has become so literal and the symbolic not understood. A thoughtful poem BB ! 0/10 (Report) Reply

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