Saturday, July 17, 2010

Like Kipling? Don't know. Never Kipled.

Now on Rob-Bear's Blog, you will find links to Rachel's Blog, "The Waxing Moon".  She recently ran a poetry contest for the best Haiku about bears, which Rob-Bear won.  He even got a prize.  He had some good competition too.  There was one dissenting poet in the group who did an excellent imitation of Robert Service, which was much more to my liking.  And it gave me another idea for a contest.  Sorry, no prizes, other than the satisfaction of winning.

Here are the rules.  Pick a poet, any poet but a real one i.e. one who writes with rhyme and meter and such stuff, none of this cheap free verse that any idiot can write.  Pick a very identifiable poem from said poet and write your own version.  As per the example below.

The tumult and the shouting dies—
  The Captain and Tennille depart—
The weather’s hot; the water’s bad,
  And I am too afraid to fart.
Remind me the dogs need walking yet,
Lest I forget, lest I forget!


  1. I'm laughing so hard I can't think. When I can think, I'll give your contest a shot.

    Um, make that "if" I can think. It's summer; my brain has absconded.

  2. P.S.: Thanks for your kindness.

    I won't tell Rachel about your project.

  3. There once was a man from Nantucket.........wait......I'll get back to ya cuz I can't seem to remember the next line.

  4. Not great but...

    There once was a man from Gabor
    had a mouth as big as a door
    one day he grinned
    slipped and fell in
    and lay inside out on the floor.

  5. Greeting's Mr.Blog Fodder!

    This is my first visit to your site. I wanted to check you out since you dropped by my site to see what you had here. The most striking thing to me here at first glance, was your collection of photography, I had to actually start browsing through it before anything else, some inpressive piece's. I take it that the lil girl and dog are your's, cute pic. I have 3 daughter's myself, but are all grown up. I will be back by .... just wanted to drop by and say Hello.

    Later ....

  6. A Man A Miss
    A Car A Curve
    He kissed the Miss
    And missed the Curve

    that's all I've got.

  7. Looks like none of my readers are the poetic types - or they have too much respect for the genre to ruin good poems by rewriting them.
    My thanks to Dana and Demeur for at least submitting something.

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