Roald Dahl

(13 September 1916 – 23 November 1990 / Cardiff / Wales)

Hot and Cold

A woman who my mother knows
Came in and took off all her clothes.

Said I, not being very old,
'By golly gosh, you must be cold!'

'No, no!' she cried. 'Indeed I'm not!
I'm feeling devilishly hot!'

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Bronze Star - 2,463 Points John Richter (2/6/2015 11:44:00 AM)

    Why must sexuality always be in the gutter? I think it prudent to remind ourselves that regardless of fairy tales with princes and princesses, we all owe our very lives to the notion that sexuality is real and wonderful. We can play charades all our lives long, if you desire the appearance of this sort of self-defined-ostrich-head-in-the-sand-prudence, surviving only for the sole reason to support monogamy because for some reason society places higher priorities on such than actual reality, which is where men and women are sexually attracted to one another. It's not in the gutter - but quite wonderful and intimate. We can be true to ourselves while still being monogamous - without the charades. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,881 Points * Sunprincess * (6/18/2014 9:33:00 AM)

    ...........not sure what message the poet is trying to convey in this there a hidden message or is his mind really in the gutter.... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 59 Points Brian Jani (4/28/2014 3:48:00 AM)

    You surely know how to wrote, I like each and every poem of yours (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 14 Points ! ? (11/1/2012 10:03:00 AM)

    Great poem, but i feel as if i have been punched right in the childhood (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Oludipe Oyin Samuel (6/11/2012 5:42:00 PM)

    Hmm... Dahl's poetry just fits in all veins. Haha (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Eithne Queen of Celts (9/10/2009 2:30:00 AM)

    Short but witty, full fo truth, funny :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Rodregos Escanto (9/6/2009 7:03:00 AM)

    OK. I immediately though of...


    reeooowww turning me ON!



    7: 00 TILL LATEE


    escantosmilyos drios Already Reported Reply

  • Rookie Carolyn Scardino (7/26/2009 11:14:00 AM)

    OK. I immediately thought of hot flashes.... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie i <3 bein Me Hate Wanting To Be Her (4/5/2009 2:59:00 PM)

    Roald Dahl is highly one of the greatest poets and authors ever to walk this earth...this simple poe m illustrates that definetly! !

    Louii (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Janri Gogeshvili (3/2/2008 3:02:00 AM)

    Witty and beautifully … (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ian Milligan (3/1/2008 2:36:00 AM)

    Well, I don't about you, Joel, but I can Hardly wait! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Adrian Currier (5/6/2007 12:59:00 AM)

    is this true? and is it about cheating? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Joel Lim (5/3/2007 4:23:00 AM)

    this poem is strange!
    i'll never want to see a naked woman in my house! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Brian Dorn (7/21/2006 11:02:00 AM)

    A portrait of childhood innocence. I presume father must know her quite well also... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Mary-Elizabeth Conn (5/9/2006 3:27:00 PM)

    Hehehehehe! That's rather funny! :) I love this guy! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Lauren Jennings (6/14/2004 10:43:00 PM)

    hot and cold is a very funny poem i enjoy all of roald dahls poems (Report) Reply

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