I stumbled upon this while moderating stories and I am so glad I did! This was so simple to follow and I really enjoyed it . . . and I am NOT a fan of poetry (usually) so that's an accomplishment right there. I especially liked the part about biding his time for a bigger office. It really remonstrated growth, emotionally, on his part towards the end. Nice job!
Author's Response: Thanks so much for writing a review, NikkiSue. The poetry I write is always "accessible", so feel free to go ahead and read it. There are poems on my thread in Poetry, Anyone? that are not submitted to the archives yet.
I almost never review poetry because I don't know enough about the art of writing it to say much that is useful. I clicked on this because I have become a fan of your drabbles, and your summary drew me in. I like it a lot. The last stanza really defines the Dursley we know in canon, but it is a sadder picture you draw here... that the height of his goals, everything he is reaching for, is really rather shallow and must be protected lest his past (completely respectable) be exposed. You made a me feel a bit sorry for him, and that is saying something. Nice poem.
Author's Response: It is cheering to hear you say that you are a fan of my drabbles, since I always think that some other people's drabbles are better than mine. When I envisioned Vernon as trying to ascend the social ladder in a pretty stratified society, suddenly it all seemed to make sense. Perhaps many people who are bullies really have secret fears and insecurities which they are trying to cover up. That could make us feel sorry for them. Thank you so much for reviewing.