Real to Real – A Poem

My previous post generated some comments between myself and Susan – which after some editing became this!

So. If you fancy it, I offer a challenge. From your own blog (or another), can you pick a comment chain and – with minimal editing – turn it into a poem? If so, link to the poem and the comments here (in a comment), I’ll choose a favourite and they can pick from a choice of prizes!! Woo!

Prize One: I’ll write a review of your blog which is either nice or caustic (your choice!)

Prize Two: I’ll write a poem about your choice of subject (something nice for nanna this Christmas?!).

Prize three: You can guest blog on Rule of Stupid (yeah, I know, I was running out of prizes!)

Judging to be done on Monday night, to announce next Tuesday πŸ™‚

Anyway – here’s the poem.

Real to Real

You are not going quietly mad alone.

If you have room in your padded cell,

I will be happy to join you.

Authenticity has its price,

As does imitation.

If I must pick a way to misery,

I choose the way that lets me be

less a liar to myself.

I salute you.

Let us bounce off the walls




Let’s have our

fragmented festival of strange

pulling balloon animals

from our heads

that everyone else

claims are imaginary

but I know that tiger is real

because I drew his stripes

And I know the chameleon is true

because I see him change

Your animals and mine

unbounded, uncaged

I see them seep

into other peoples sleep

even as they are

pushed away


The world is insane and I'm in writing therapy!

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40 comments on “Real to Real – A Poem
  1. This was great, rollicking fun, Panda/Mike! Sadly, I cannot participate in the contest, because my blog comments are full of poetry, so I am going to sit back, relax, and enjoy the results you get on this. I think it’s a marvelous idea!

  2. Reblogged this on Susan Daniels Poetry and commented:
    Look what Mike the Panda and I did! This was fun!

  3. […] is my response to RoS (aka Fierce Panda’s challenge)…it’s all taken from the comments and one post but I […]

  4. I’ve had a go! πŸ™‚

  5. […] Fierce Panda over at Rule of Stupid, proposed a challenge on his post Real to Real – A Poem. It went something like this: find a string of comments on one of your posts and make a poem out of […]

  6. Teeny Bikini says:

    Friggin’ awesome idea….

  7. Irish Katie says:

    uhmm….I find this absolutely fascinating and want to try …but I am a bit confused…where do I post my try at this? (oh lord … am I setting myself up to be made fun of? “look, she can’t even read directions. How will she even figure out a blog comment poem!”)

    • ruleofstupid says:

      Just do a normal post Katie, but put a link back to here in your post so I know where to find it (and link to where you got the comments too)
      Look forward to seeing it (but go easy on the maths! Not a Panda strong point!)
      And yes, of course you’re setting yourself up – that’s the fun bit πŸ˜‰

  8. merbear264 says:

    Alas I am not naughty enough..

  9. I love that poem! And I am normally not a big poetry buff. Freakin’ awesome.

  10. Irish Katie says:

    Ok…I tried this It was hard … but an interesting exercise… nod nods. I might try another one too to see if I can improve a bit at this.

    (By the way … I am gone from Tuesday … so will not be here to see who you crown the winner!)

  11. Ok I tried **grimaces** I don’t know if I did it correctly…rules and I are somewhat alienated πŸ™‚ Good idea though.

  12. I am sorry I think I should not have entered or I have done it incorrectly and I was to write a poem from this post? 😦 Apologies

  13. Irish Katie says:

    I think Mumsy did just fine *smiies*

  14. I’ve come back for seconds and thirds of this one.
    Grenwitch Village in the 60’s is happening here.

  15. I love this one!! It reminded me of this great song and video:

    I’m just sad I found it so late, do you think I can still jump into the bandwagon and post an entry tomorrow morning possibly? πŸ™‚

  16. I have jumped on board again – not for being greedy – but to prove to myself I can follow directions!

  17. Back off on the charging – Panda’s don’t need money just bamboo &
    OMG you are kidding me? I’m not that kinda gal πŸ˜‰

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