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

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