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

Douglas Scotney

Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Resides in Adelaide

B: Xxxxxxxi: 'Cruel And Curious Dwarfs'

Rating: 5.0


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.

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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Gajanan Mishra 13 September 2013

humours diverse, I like it.

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Bri Edwards 14 October 2015

you could have shortened this: B: Xxxxxxxi: 'Cruel And Curious Dwarfs' TO: this: B: Lxxi: 'Cruel And Curious Dwarfs just thought it would save ink! bri :)

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Bri Edwards 14 October 2015

oops! i forgot to read it again. oh well.

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Brian Mayo 31 October 2015

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.

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Danny Draper 16 September 2013

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

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Dr Dillip K Swain 13 May 2020

A brilliant poem! Appreciated and admired the piece....10++

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Michael Walker 08 July 2019

A well constructed poem of antitheses and contradictions. It keeps my attention for sure.

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Bri Edwards 14 December 2016

i STILL like it! bri :)

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Raj Arumugam 01 July 2016

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

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Savita Tyagi 25 November 2015

Excellent! Enjoyed the humor, satire and skilled writing. Thank you for sharing.

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Douglas Scotney

Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Resides in Adelaide
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