Life, the Universe, or: Everything

My 1st Duodora

Oh, you believe
that? Well, if it comforts
you, that's wonderful.
My perception and
understanding of
Life, the Universe and Everything are
different, but you can respect that, right?

Oh, you believe
in Divine providence?
How about the Devil,
demons, ghosts, evil
spirits, witches, and
vampires? More power to you. Those are your
beliefs; just don't push them on me, alright?

d’Verse Poetics Prompt

‘Halloweeny Humans’

At d’Verse, poets were challenged to write poems speaking to human attributes that are particularly irritating to them — and the poems must have Halloween or Samhain themes to them.

For extra candy corn bonus points, write the poem in the Duodora form!


The Duodora is:

  • quatorzain made up of 2 septets.
  • syllabic,  4/6/5/5/5/10/10 syllables per line.
  • rhymed Axxxxxb Axxxxxb L1 is repeated as a refrain that begins the 2nd stanza. x is unrhymed.

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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72 thoughts on “Life, the Universe, or: Everything”

  1. like you this challenging prompt was my first “duodora”. i realy enjoyed yours. with my views so different to so many others have learnt to agree to disagree. this has let me geet on with people from many different backgrounds. so respecting each others differences is a good thing well said young man.

    1. I think it is true that there are some things humanity will never be able to fully comprehend, and we can only hope to get closer to Truth but never arrive at it.

  2. If we could only learn to respect one another and agree to disagree on certain points! Whatever happened to that, I wonder!

  3. well done on your duodora David.
    Oh yes of course it’s well documented fact the witches brew and demons and ghosts and goblins will get you… and if you don’t think so….. watch out….
    They are coming to take you away…

  4. This was great… I actually don’t like it when people push their beliefs on me, its honestly irritating when someone treats others’ beliefs with contempt. But great duodora, its great to see you’ve moved on to a new form of poetry!

    1. well, in this particular case, I tried out the new form because of the poetry prompt…

      🙂 but – who knows? Maybe I’ll try another one!


  5. You rolled your duodora out like a red carpet, David. Candy corn bonus achieved. Having one’s beliefs pushed onto another feels like it’s a tender/touchy subject for you.

  6. Folks who try to impose their beliefs on others ….. among the most annoying, to be ignored. Now civil discourse is quite another thing …. cheers.

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