Treasure Island

Jonathan ROBIN

(22 September / London)

To Block or Not to Block, that is the Question - after Winthrop Mackworth Praed A Letter of Advice


Dear friends a fresh contest has started,
on how to respond, what to change,
and twenty-five writers are charted
to test the extent of their range
of advice how to cope with some parted
from courtesy, tact, who derange.
One thought I would add, tender hearted,
some APe a behaviour strange!

Should one just ignore with door locking
those who trophies exchange in the haste
to hold contests too quickie, taste mocking,
what would you advise, culprit traced?
Rules ignored by hard heads sore be blocking
like comment paid, copy and paste,
and those whose insults from their stocking
overflow as fair play runs to waste.

Should one tolerate those, the boat rocking,
with pseudo anonymous based,
or respond, not react, to their shocking
poor conduct online both debased
and short term as they squirm, blow half-cocking
credibility, consequence faced
rarely while rewards they'd see clocking
at others' expense, trust misplaced?

What is odd: while few still cling to rhyming
insults prod from plod prose squad appear,
those in meter and spell poor take timing
to insult add injury here
with no neat, no sweet couplets when climbing
on high horses no Pegasus peer,
but I'm near the line limit and climbing
so I'll put pen down, frown, disappear.

Submitted: Thursday, July 25, 2013
Edited: Friday, July 26, 2013

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(20 July 2007)

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