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December 18th, 2005


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02:23 pm
I know in some small way, I'm going to regret this, but I simply must perpetuate this meme, started by the wonderful level_head.

As far as I know, only relsqui and binaryborealis picked it up (here and here respectively) and this is precisely the sort of thing which simply must be perpetuated.

And so, with that:

"Give me a topic or statement, and a style, and I will write a bit of poetry for you."

I haven't written a rhyming poem in ages. I haven't even writ anything with form in...a _very_ long time. So, keep in mind that I may be (more than) a bit rusty.

With that, I ask that if you have a style preference, please prefer things that aren't obscure ; ) Or at least, provide me with links.

This meme has an interesting property in that the tougher you (the meme-ee) make it, the harder it is (and the longer I'll take) for me (the memer) to do it. Keep that in mind if you ever want to actually _SEE_ the poetry 8)

Of course, the more interesting your request, the more likely I am to be delighted with it and actually learn a thing or two executing it.

So, it's a mixed bag. Ignore the last 2 paragraphs and just fucking request something ; )

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From:greenbuttercup
Date:December 19th, 2005 12:54 am (UTC)
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The topic is the mating rituals of penguins, the form is a villanelle. I do enjoy a good roundabout rhyming poem. =)
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From:testing4l
Date:December 19th, 2005 08:20 pm (UTC)
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I really <3 that you picked the style which relsqui specifically forbade. ; )

I've got a few ideas churning. 8)
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From:level_head
Date:December 19th, 2005 08:08 am (UTC)
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In the rollicking multi-rhyme style of Robert Service -- I used it here, and original work is here.

Topic: "Dragging Man at Burning Man"

===|==============/ Level Head
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From:testing4l
Date:December 19th, 2005 08:28 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the links, I'd read your rendition.

I came across Robert Service only recently. He was referenced by a particular person in a book of Cat Stories which relsqui had been after me to read.

The topic did make me laugh. I look forward to writing it. 8)
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From:testing4l
Date:September 19th, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
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I was reminded of this from your limerick for rowyn.

I should mention that your request (and James Herriot's mention) moved me to start reading Service in the hope of mimicking his style. As it happens, I have a book of his poems on my desk at this moment that I've been reading through.

I think I will make this a goal by the end of the year.
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From:level_head
Date:September 19th, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
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Some might be aghast as you dig in the past; it would make them decidedly nervous
But I'm happy to note what you said (or you wrote) -- and I'm pleased to have been of some Service.

===|==============/ Level Head
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From:level_head
Date:September 19th, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
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Can you remind me where this piece wound up?

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From:testing4l
Date:September 19th, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
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(I can do better than that!)

My Service piece -- not used by police -- has as yet gone unwritten,
But this meme (with comments by the ream) is getting some work! I'm committin'!

Edited at 2008-09-19 11:01 pm (UTC)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 19th, 2005 05:26 pm (UTC)
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Ode to things that move very very fast and crash into other things (trains, rockets, magnetically or chemically propelled objects of varying size and density [revolver, coil gun, cannon, etc.], accelerated particles, dinner plates, etc.) with specific attention paid to the sounds they make while doing so.

-SakiroA
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From:just_aims
Date:December 20th, 2005 06:16 pm (UTC)
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Whether or not supply-side economics leads to more jobs and opportunities for lower income workers and families. In Limerick form. Please and thank you.
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From:testing4l
Date:September 19th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
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(Psst -- been a while since we talked, how're you doing these days?)

Two economists were heard to discuss
in a loud manner -- so far as to cus!
about how a cut tax rate
affected a wallet's weight
and whether we'd be much richer because.

The first one was heard to declare
that the tax cuts were unfair.
Those that need it most
were unable to boast;
it made money a cross to bear.

The second one didn't pause to fire back
at various causes of their money lack.
Those that are lazy and dumb
were fated to forever bum
a dime; their careers were rather off track

He continued to yell and gloat
the rising tide raises each boat.
Rewards came with hard work
it wasn't a societal quirk
and their product lines would thus bloat.

Every factory belching smoke
would need more hands for each new yoke.
Those that were hired
(and, indeed, not fired)
would be rewarded until they croak.

The first accused him of being a crony
the disadvantaged would merely grow bony.
The upper one percent
would be ever content
while others work, they'd profit more -- how phony!

And whether first or second you agree
it is simple to find an enemy
who'll scream at you too
until faces are blue
I don't think the end we'll ever see.

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From:darnn
Date:December 22nd, 2005 09:34 am (UTC)
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Gangsta rap that also sounds like The Little Prince! Hooray!

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