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

Together!


Yes?


Yes!


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

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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!)

    http://irishkatie.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/in-response-to-a-challenge/

  11. Ok I tried **grimaces**
    http://ramblingsfromamum.wordpress.com 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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