2 Poems On Contention Poem by Douglas Scotney

Douglas Scotney

Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Resides in Adelaide

2 Poems On Contention

Rating: 4.7


Shelled

But for a contretemps,
the war
was heading
for a dashed draw.

Courageously and unforeseeingly
one contender
made
what turned out to be...
for his opponent fought well
(if ungenerously,
having already bottlenecked half the battlefield)
...one of those temps.

He was stomped.
Actually, he conceded defeat.

The post mortem found:
had he longer contended,
never could he not have surrendered;
found: after his generous temps, this one,
he would have been lucky to have won.

2. Contention

We are living in a world
where you can buy
half a pound of hazelnuts
and half a pound of filberts
and come out of the shop
with packets of different nuts.
In other words,
we are living in another universe.

Further proof of that:
the same chemical bomb can be dropped
by both contenders:
attackers and defenders.

Sunday, April 16, 2017
Topic(s) of this poem: confusion,contention,games,war
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
after a chess game, a story by Hans Fallada and the April 4 bomb in Khan Sheikhoun. At least I think they're the same nut, a filbert and a hazel.
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Paul Warren 16 April 2017

Most times in the end it's hard to tell the good from the bad. The main point I suppose is winning. Hitler was evil then should we have bombed Dreaden. Then today who gases who is an interesting question.

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Bernard F. Asuncion 12 December 2018

Douglas, such a well penned poem. Congrats for being chosen......10++++++++++++++

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Mahtab Bangalee 12 December 2018

bomb, weapon, war plaintiff disputatious country to country open secret superpower agree disagree and the orphan peace - oh hoho - promiscuous and wanton love just a body - chest and back bakes under secret sun-moon ..../// greatly written

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Prabir Gayen 12 December 2018

Good poem with strong emotion underneath... congratulation for poem of the day.

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Anil Kumar Panda 12 December 2018

A beautiful poem on how we are living through controversies. Very well crafted. Congrats.

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Brian Taylor 25 February 2019

This is a great poem.

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Michael Walker 27 January 2019

An intriguing poem about different worlds, different universes.

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Bharati Nayak 12 December 2018

We are living in a world where you can buy half a pound of hazelnuts and half a pound of filberts and come out of the shop with packets of different nuts. In other words, we are living in another universe. - - - - - - A beautiful write- - -Weapons can be used both for attack or for defence.Fault does not lie with the weapon, but the user.Why should we resort to war without trying peaceful means to find a solution?

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Lyn Paul 12 December 2018

Superb write you have shared with us all. Incredibly interesting. Thank you

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Edward Kofi Louis 12 December 2018

Shelled! ! Confusion! Thanks for sharing.

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Douglas Scotney

Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Resides in Adelaide
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