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Limerick of the Duel

Updated on October 8, 2014

Limerick of the Duel

For some things there used to be a rule.

To break it you'd have to be a fool.

The wrong kind of glance,

if even at a dance,

was all that was needed for a duel.


You knew it when he beckoned

a man to be his second.

You thought of the choice of weapons,

the paces and their shakey steppin's,

while resolving of future glances to be less fecund.


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Thrust to dust....

Duels just got one, or both, here more quickly.
Duels just got one, or both, here more quickly.

Deadly combat can ensue.....

Deadly combat can ensue,

from insult felt so deeply through,

that one's own pride can force you, too,

to live or die, kill or be killed,

as once they knew.

Now we just duel with armies, terror, drones, chemicals, and bombs.

Perhaps it is time to go back to settling things the way David and Goliath did for their people? (Be careful though, these days cheating is in style.)

Perhaps we could even pay off the $18 Trillion National Debt by marketing the worldwide ads for this "Super Brawl"?

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Copyright 2014 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Take me back to the simpler life any day.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      teaches12345 - The rules of defeat have not changed, however, and it is still "to the victor belong the spoils." The deadlier weapons have, so far, protected us from the cataclysmic wars. Iran seems bent on becoming the next nuclear power and using their stalling tactics to complete their qualification to join the club. The mix of such powers and religions is a very dangerous mix (Iran/Israel, India/Pakistan.) Once those deadlier weapons are unleashed again, there will literally "be hell to pay."

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      The rules of battle of changed. It's hard to know who is the most valiant warrior when the weapons are so deadly and the values of man have changed. Great poetry!

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Thanks, AliciaC. Smiles to you.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Gypsy Rose Lee - Verbal barbs of old were somehow held in check by the duel challenges. These days just calling someone a "liar" and "incompetent" is petty stuff.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Great limericks. Perhaps just the old pan whack on the head.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      These are interesting poems. The hub is thought provoking, too!

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      MsDora - Thinking, thinking, thinking; others do it. We had best do it, too. I know you do.

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Although your conclusion is funny, we might still want to think about it. Good lines!

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      breakfastpop - Yes. And, the ad revenues from the whole world watching that "Superbrawl" would pay off the National Debt (now at about $18,000,000.000.000.00 (that's trillions as you know, and up from 10.1 trillion in 2008!)

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      You make a good point. Throw two warriors in an arena and decide the fate of millions. It could work!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Great limericks and a great conclusion. Personally I would suggest pugilism is less deadly.