Want Some Bother? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse De is hosting the Quadrille (44 words) with an invitation to use the word bother or some form of it.

dVerse Poets – Quadrille – Bother

Photo: istockphoto.com

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” Sun Tzu

Want Some Bother?

The bar humming good,
a well oiled crowd humoured up,
but you know how it is, a slip, 
a nudge in innocent times,
he went off, threatening all in
his path until one leaned in
with a steely eye, "ere', you
want some bother?"

Β©Paul Vincent Cannon


Filed under Free Verse, life, poem, Quadrille, quote

47 responses to “Want Some Bother? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. It is a much better idea to drink than to get into a fight.

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  2. sanaarizvi

    This is exquisitely drawn! I could visualize the “well oiled crowd humoured up,” and that slip, that brief moment that often lead to things getting heated. πŸ’

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  3. Liked the idea 😊 of using ‘ bother ‘ at the end!

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  4. It is good to have a brother who will bother to step in and hold back the inflammation. Good poem Paul.

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  5. An interesting glimpse into the male psyche . . .

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  6. “ere’, you
    want some bother?”

    Awesome, Paul!
    Makes me want to go to a bar πŸ˜€


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  7. Men seem to have a near-monopoly on this aggressive behavior, although I have seen women make fools of themselves after indulging in too much alcohol!

    Great poem, Paul! ❀

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  8. How the wordings fit. Like the drunken comment…

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  9. A good one and the a accompanying photo perfect😊

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  10. This quadrille comes to life as it’s read ….. bam, pow, right in the kisser!!!!

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  11. A lively quadrille, with more than a hint of “character”! Enjoyed it. :>)

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  12. I like the line “You want some bother?” I’ve never heard that before. But I guess I don’t hang out near barroom fights much. πŸ™‚

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  13. Oi, you want some bovver mate? This brought back memories from way back when Paul! Thanks for the laugh Paul πŸ™‚

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  14. “You want some bother” is somehow such a cute phrase, I feel it would disarm my own anger, immediately. πŸ˜‰

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  15. everyone is so fragile just now as fear of the unknown bubbles and boils … a highly likely scene skillfully drawn!

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  16. You just can’t bother people with impunity. Good lesson!

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  17. Here in France, all the bars have been closed for a while and we all miss it. “Bars don’t hum anymore.”

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  18. A wonderful quote, by one of the military strategists who had only been rediscovered a few years ago. As a German, I have to write about it now, alongside Von Clausewitz. Lol

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  19. So true & well crafted!!!!!βœ¨πŸ˜€

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  20. lync56

    Love it


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