Doggerel Dave

Nostradamus



Do feel free to call me Nostradamus      (Got you in – didn’t it?)

As I am a prophet extraordinaire;

But prognostications superfluous -

To some I’m a pain in the derrière.

 

This is just because I’m a pessimist,

And in this world more right than I am wrong.

When I’m right that’s just fine; glad to assist.   

And wrong? I’ve learnt something – here I belong.

 

Comments16

  • Lorna

    I don't think you're the old curmudgeon you lead us to believe. But that could be me just being optimistic.

    • Doggerel Dave

      You optimistic? Definitely. You have always appeared to me as optimistic, Lorna.
      Would half curmudgeon satisfy?
      Incidentally, the 'old' is embodied in 'curmudgeon' and is thus surplus to requirements. Want to add 'pedant' to my list of qualities? 😊

    • Neville


      I'm a bit more like old mother Shipton .. maybe a little more optimist .. but then again ........................................

      • Doggerel Dave

        Wot brewing your own medications now, Doc?
        Had a good twenty mins with Ma Shipton on W'pedia. Interesting - above all, she was a survivor in uncertain times..... Thanks for that one Nev.

      • Robert Haigh

        My wife thinks I'm a pessimist. I just think I see it how it is. Maybe I'm just getting old and grumpy! We all need something to moan about - that's my excuse! I enjoyed the read, anyway.

        • Doggerel Dave

          That's the main thing, Robert - enjoyment. thanks for the read.
          I've always been like that - a wee bit on the pessimistic side - I don't know its origin and I'm not about to spend years in counselling to find out.... I'm happy in my own weird way.

        • Coyote

          Everyone is wrong from time to time but so few learn anything from the experience. Nice write Dave🙂

          • Doggerel Dave

            Thanks C. This ain't personal though - I'm pessimistic about life in general - sometimes....maybe a wee bit personal...
            Never mind that, this old atheist/agnostic is hanging out for another bible story.....

          • Teddy.15

            not forgetting that sometimes if you are wrong a simple sorry can mend a lot. nothing wrong with being a pesimist it's actually a quality at least you never hardly get let down, but sometimes it's also a healthy option to see the best in people and in everything. (even just sometimes)

          • Trenz Pruca

            Wrong or right who cares. The future in tomorrow. Today it is the poetry of a fine poet. Thank you Dave.

            • Doggerel Dave

              Definitely the optimist overlaid with the ability to be in the here and now.
              Thanks for that Trenz.

            • HannahElisabeth

              You can't be a complete a pain in the derrière if this made me giggle, right?

              It's pretty hard not to be a pessimist anyway. At least you're always prepared for the worst! (Wait, was that a bit of optimism on my end?)

              • Doggerel Dave

                Yes, I console (delude?) myself with the belief that discriminating folks don't believe me a pain in the you-know-where (not going to spell it again).
                Optimism? Yes, perhaps... a kind of half price double negative... Or maybe....aah I'm no good at picking a bargain...

              • Goldfinch60

                I am definitely an optimist in this life and because of that I can see fine lines in your incantations Dave.

                Andy

                • Doggerel Dave

                  ‘Incantations’ - I’ve got to file that one away, Andy…When I give up my main project, which involves casting a sceptical eye and on occasion correction to all manner of dubious claims about love life and angels, I might go over to the dark side and set up my stall as ‘Purveyor of Spells, Incantations and Codswallop to the Needy Naive and Nefarious’ That just about covers the full spectrum, I think….😊

                • Fay Slimm.

                  The pessimist tendency can be hard to the optimist who looks at life with a perpetual smile - my take is to try staying right in the middle and see both side. Good ;piece of advice in the final line here Dave.

                  • Doggerel Dave

                    Confession: I probably slightly overplayed it for the sake of the piece, however the reality is I am slightly more pessimistic than optimistic.
                    I do want the poem to be taken seriously, though - and you have done that : many thanks, Fay.

                  • Dove

                    Just be you, don’t let anyone change you! Of course optimism can lead a man into thinking a man the river is half full, when’s it’s half empty, lol! I’d say either way watch out for the stone hidden inside

                    • Doggerel Dave

                      No one has so far, Dove. Yep, that ride on the river of life is bumpy anyway and all that can be done with the stones, is go round them if possible, but if not then shove - and you would be surprised - even the large ones can be mostly moved, if only marginally. I've done that with large corporations - much larger than anything I could possibly encounter here.....

                    • Jay-Lee Jane

                      really love it!!

                      • Doggerel Dave

                        Thanks Jane. What most impressed you?

                        • Jay-Lee Jane

                          i really love the 2ed stanza, it made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. the whole movement of the poem is very fluid, and honestly its a really enjoyable read!!

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                        • Jerry Reynolds

                          Well done, Dave.
                          You have chosen the right image for your avatar. Dogs are pure pessimists. When you leave they are absolutely sure you have abandoned them. Explains why they are so elated when you return. Write on my friend.

                          • Doggerel Dave

                            Hey Jerry – I don’t feel abandoned, though over the course of a long life I may have had one or two women disengage from my presence as they considered me a pain in the ….. oh dear, I must communicate with ‘ass’ as it’s you, mustn’t I? 😊
                            This is much more about a general outlook on life and mankind’s doings, the validity or otherwise of propositions provided to us by Society’s power hierarchy and so on…wherever information comes from and whatever turns out to be the result.

                            PS: At the end of my first paragraph I placed a smiley emoji, thus: 😊
                            Does it turn out that way or as a square?

                            • Jerry Reynolds

                              It's a smiley.
                              It's hard, sometimes, to stay normal of heart.

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                            • The Uneducated O.A.P

                              Dunno what an optimist or a pessimist is, perhaps you can tell me what I am from my weird words. Sounds good to me though.

                              • Doggerel Dave

                                That is one of the hardest questions that have ever been put to me, Bill - I usually have an opinion (loud mouth?) but in your case I have not the slightest idea where you sit here. Must be right in the middle. Comfortable there? Great – you do what you gotta do.
                                You know where I’m most comfortable? Irritating people. From the irritation sometimes comes the pearl……..

                                • The Uneducated O.A.P

                                  I asked the wife, apparently there are no words in the English language to describe where I stand, she assures me I am unique in my field, a one off.theres no one out there quite like me, I think you get the idea, lol. Oh I left out sarcastic and annoying.
                                  Still with me though after nearly 50 years, she must like all of the above. Lol and lol. Enjoy your comments, shame we can't meet up, might be fun.
                                  Take care.

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                                • Robert Haigh

                                  We all live and learn - it's part of life. I'm an opti-pessimist I think, or is it a pessi-optimist? Anyway, even a stopped clock is right twice a day, so we can't be wrong all the time!

                                  • Doggerel Dave

                                    Yes - balance is the thing, I know. My problem with that term (not necessarily the concept) is that politicians use it all the time, which not only devalues the currency, , but also leads naturally to the question - where is the fulcrum?

                                    • Robert Haigh

                                      Politicians do their own "creative" balancing act, Dave. The fulcrum is always where they want it to be!

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                                    • jarcher54

                                      The pessimist makes the best seer, because you are always right eventually! This made me laugh, partly because of the click bait title (you got us!) and the outright temerity of your claim!

                                      • Doggerel Dave

                                        Got to do something, ain't yer? I've never been a shrinking violet.

                                        Thanks for the read - call again anytime.

                                      • James Michael Schwab

                                        A fine read if ever there was one. Chin up buddy.



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