This Silly Old Flame (A Short Doggerel To Tickle)

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Doggerel Nonsense

This is the closing sequel of my earlier doggerel called “My Dearest Little Flickering Light", the link of which is at the end of this poem. Now let this irritating flickering light be extinguished for good. So I shall call this very short doggerel, “This Silly Old Flame”.

“Doggerel” is a noun symbolizing comic verses that are irregular in rhythm and in rhyme. Another simple meaning is “trivial or bad poetry”. And bad poetry this is, for I am no poet. It started with my first doggerel with good intention to tickle and reminiscent the past going back half a century. But the surprise respond was a sudden blackout, a very loud silence, emanated throughout the whole universe! As if someone was struck by lightning! Dead? Hope not, heaven forbids. Let peace be with you. End of story.

Now this is the silly old flame.

This Silly Old Flame

This silly old flame a lot to blame

Nothing positive but a pain and bane

It’s time you expire to rid of desire

No more foolish nonsense and despair


With one big huff and puff, blow the silly old flame out

No more disturbance no more running about

No one asking you to be here

Let this message be clear


Pray this flame never to reappear

That will be happier

Permanently extinguished

That would be what I wished


Never to disturb my peace

Let me live at ease

Never to disturb my life

Let sleeping dogs lie


To be too sensitive is asking for trouble

For all your problems will be doubled

Free your mind of misery

Then your life will not be a mystery


Start from a clean slate

A life that is easier to relate

Forget about the silly old flame

It’s just a silly old game


After all it had all the time a unilateral affair

Just like the little child chasing his teddy bear

Complete silence may seem right

But not polite


Half a century’s tale is history

What a pity

Closing a chapter of silly dreams and foolish chatterings

No more hopeful wanderings


With a big huff and puff, let this silly old flame be extinguished

Let this doggerel be completely finished

Peace be with you in good time

If you still don’t understand, never mind.


Hope you have a wonderful life

Here's to you, good-bye

This silly old flame, completely extinguished

End of story, finished!



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csmiravite-blogs 19 months ago from Philippines

I remember one creative writer in Bubblews named Candlelight, when I read this poem. First time for me to read about doggerel poetry, though. What can I say? Well, it's different --- but I like it!


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Good Guy 19 months ago from Malaysia Author

Hi Consolacion,

Thanks for reading this silly poem. Would you try the other earlier one as well, and take the quiz?


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Randy Horizon 19 months ago from Philadelphia

Good poem Justin, still not sure what its about? Sounds like me trying to silence my mental chatter, my mind. Or maybe it's a romance? I hope its not about your life itself, because that would be very sad. I love it because this is about something very real to you, I can feel it. Thanks for sharing, its beautiful.


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Good Guy 19 months ago from Malaysia Author

Hi Randy,

That's why it is called a doggerel. Anything goes, and is possible! LOL!!

Thanks for the visit and comment.


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d.william 18 months ago from Somewhere in the south

I liked the poem. It reminded me of my own pathetic existence here on this lonely old planet. Being "different" from the mainstream, hated by most people, and expecting to be physically harmed at any time of the day or night led to beseeching what ever put us here to never do it again. Given the choice of returning to this planet or being cast into total oblivion, the latter would be the better choice.

As we age, things seem to fall into a newer perspective and thereby the failing to enjoy what was available in life to give us pleasure becomes a realization that a life has been wasted because of the fear of the threat of being harmed by others who could not possibly understand what they will never experience.

Poetry and other writings are excellent mediums to vent overwhelming emotions and quell inner fears and disappointments.

This little "doggerel" hit a nerve. Great job.


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Good Guy 18 months ago from Malaysia Author

Hi d.william,

Each person has a story or two to tell. Thanks for sharing.


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ValKaras 3 weeks ago from Canada

Older years are the time when memories tend to pop-up along with their full emotional charge - sometimes surprising us by their clarity, after many years of our not caring to blow the dust off them.

Along may come a picture of an old flame, as if hung up on some question marks that may keep nagging about what we might have missed to do back there.

But then, there is always good, old poetry to vent it out in an elegant way, and share it with others who might mirror that experience.

I liked it. Nothing to share back - I am not even into poetry, but always willing to be empathetic and trying to read between lines. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I don't, but I always had a big heart for poets who kept impressing me with their big hearts.


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Good Guy 3 weeks ago from Malaysia Author

Hi ValKaras ,

Thanks for visiting and share your thoughts here. It has been quite some time that I wrote this. Many significant realizations have resulted following this period. It has been in my mind that I should write a last part to complete and close this doggerel adventure, making it a trilogy.

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