Douglas Scotney

Gold Star - 58,782 Points (boomer / Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Resides in Adelaide)

2 Poems On Contention - Poem by Douglas Scotney

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.

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 about 2 Poems On Contention by Douglas Scotney

  • (2/25/2019 6:00:00 PM)

    This is a great poem. (Report)Reply

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  • Michael Walker (1/27/2019 9:20:00 PM)

    An intriguing poem about different worlds, different universes. (Report)Reply

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  • Bharati Nayak (12/12/2018 8:04:00 PM)

    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 (12/12/2018 3:50:00 PM)

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

    Thank you
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/12/2018 10:52:00 AM)

    Shelled! !

    Confusion!

    Thanks for sharing.
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  • (12/12/2018 9:58:00 AM)

    A poem of conflicting outcomes? That I suspect all end up in tears and crushed nuts! .......well penned Douglas (Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar Panda (12/12/2018 5:55:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem on how we are living through controversies. Very well crafted. Congrats. (Report)Reply

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  • (12/12/2018 5:32:00 AM)

    Good poem with strong emotion underneath... congratulation for poem of the day. (Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab Bangalee (12/12/2018 12:53:00 AM)

    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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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (12/12/2018 12:33:00 AM)

    Douglas, such a well penned poem.
    Congrats for being chosen......10++++++++++++++
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  • Paul Warren (4/16/2017 9:01:00 PM)

    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. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, April 16, 2017



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