douglas scotney

(boomer / Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Resides in Adelaide)

Overhung with You


Above the only two lines of 'Ode on Napoleon'
Coleridge tacked a hoarding
Explaining how he'd been compelled to attempt it
Despite knowing that anger, hate,
'Vengeful spleen' and 'hoarse wailings'
Never a decent poem make.

He blames the abandonment of the ode
On an overhanging 'yew',
Meaning, the hated emperor,
One can assume,
Or, knowing the poet,
A drug Sam would often consume.

Submitted: Sunday, March 31, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, June 05, 2013

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