2 Poems On Contention

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.

by Douglas Scotney

Comments (11)

This is a great poem.
An intriguing poem about different worlds, different universes.
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?
Superb write you have shared with us all. Incredibly interesting. Thank you
Shelled! ! Confusion! Thanks for sharing.
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