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 🙂

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