Treasure Island

douglas scotney

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

Preserving Good Shards


I had trouble ending a poem
in which I'd listed several negatives
in spite of which love arose.

I ended up with,
'It is because of the above
or of something beyond the above
that he inspires love.'


Before that,
as the culmination of a few failures,
I wrote, 'How can he be all the above
and still inspire love? '

and wrote this
as I thought that
was deserving of preserving.

Submitted: Friday, November 22, 2013
Edited: Friday, November 22, 2013

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That poem is 'Aufidius on Coriolanus'

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  • Bri Edwards (11/27/2013 7:57:00 PM)

    after reading the poet note, for which i am usually thankful, well, sometimes thankful, i did a little online research to try and get a handle on what it meant (the note) . i didn't get too far before turning back.
    as for this poem: very interesting, if a bit convoluted (another term i don't use and maybe shouldn't use here; but something told my fingers to type 'convoluted', you dummy!) .

    the following line makes me think of what one of my wives might say/have said about me. hmmm? :) bri
    thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (11/22/2013 7:29:00 PM)

    A worthy addendum to your other poem but also a stand-alone poem which doesn't need context. (Report) Reply

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