Douglas Scotney

Gold Star - 42,210 Points (boomer / Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Resides in Adelaide)

B: Xxxxxxxi: 'Cruel And Curious Dwarfs' - Poem by Douglas Scotney

In a battle between host and hostage,
exponents of humours diverse,
each thought the other a hostage,
that the host had the upper hand
and that the other would come off worse.

Then one saw supporting the other
one upon whom he'd relied,
realised he couldn't withstand
humour of the opposite brand,
called that one a traitor,
said what she did was underhand
and realised the battle
was not between humours diverse
but between humours and humans perverse.

Poet's Notes about The Poem

115: 'Beatrice'

Comments about B: Xxxxxxxi: 'Cruel And Curious Dwarfs' by Douglas Scotney

  • Bri Edwards (12/14/2016 10:48:00 PM)

    i STILL like it!

    bri :)
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  • Raj Arumugam (7/1/2016 9:30:00 PM)

    that last line is brilliant - unexpected and full of the right effect! Loved this. (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (11/25/2015 7:44:00 PM)

    Excellent! Enjoyed the humor, satire and skilled writing. Thank you for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Brian Mayo (10/31/2015 7:12:00 PM)

    I'm curious why you rhymed 'hostage' with 'hostage, ' and wondered if it was an editing error. The poem is excellent, however, and I enjoyed trying to decipher it. (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (10/14/2015 3:36:00 PM)

    oops! i forgot to read it again. oh well. (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (10/14/2015 3:36:00 PM)

    you could have shortened this:

    B: Xxxxxxxi: 'Cruel And Curious Dwarfs'


    B: Lxxi: 'Cruel And Curious Dwarfs

    just thought it would save ink! bri :)
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  • Melvina Germain (10/13/2015 12:01:00 PM)

    Telling it like it is in a remarkable way...Love this..... (Report) Reply

  • Kelly Kurt (9/11/2015 9:32:00 PM)

    Sounds like foreign policy or diplomacy.
    A very intelligent style of writing.
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  • (9/1/2015 8:19:00 PM)

    A situation that needs to be unravelled and examined to find out the truth. M. Walker. (Report) Reply

  • Akhtar Jawad (7/6/2015 10:02:00 PM)

    Enjoyed this interesting poem.......................... (Report) Reply

  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (6/18/2015 8:00:00 PM)

    Sounds like it a 'nobody wins situation' of sorts...except for the Author, that is, whose depiction of such mercurial topic is the one & only winner in the end, based on masterful quilling...~FjR~ (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (5/3/2015 11:11:00 PM)

    The body fluids which were once thought to govern health and mood. The so-called ‘Cardinal Humours’, Blood, phlegm, choler, and melancholy were associated, respectively, with the colours red, green, yellow, black

    is the above what you refer to by humours. i don't think you are referring to comedy/laughter.

    and what's 115: 'Beatrice', i wonder.

    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    i don't know what the title refers to. but it is a catchy title; it caught me!

    in a way i might get it, but not completely i confess. i like the rhyming, and the flow. and do YOU know which is the real hostage and which 'the host'? ?

    you seem to rhyme hand in the first stanza with other -and words in the second. that's grand.

    bri :)
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  • (9/16/2013 6:38:00 AM)

    If from a long line of hostage the hospitality cordial and sincere the guest perverse or perverted, what prevents such a smear. (Report) Reply

  • Gajanan Mishra (9/13/2013 8:13:00 PM)

    humours diverse, I like it. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, September 13, 2013

Poem Edited: Monday, September 16, 2013

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