01 August 2015


Why bother with a reply that leaves 
the question alive? By firing blanks 
survival isn’t surmised in a gesture 
of obeisance rather than defence; 
old timers say, to keep your hopes 
alive aim where ricochets play the 
odds sweetly and defiance means 
you can’t be deference-swayed 

The firing line isn’t a place to stay 
without an abundance of the best 
copper-tipped epithets - you don’t 
need any direct hits to make your 
antipathy evident - and that has a 
way of discouraging adversaries 

© 4 January 2014, I. D. Carswell