Could this blog get any verse?

January 11, 2011

verse shakespeare 490

Blog Guy, I notice some of your readers submit their comments in haiku and limericks, and a couple of times you’ve done entire blog posts in verse.

EU-PRESIDENT/POETRYSure. I’m not averse to verse. That would be perverse. I’m a versatile pro, and pros write prose and vice versa.

That’s easy for you to say. But what if the going gets tough?

If it gets adverse, I would reverse myself and be averse to verse and vice versa. Conversely, I would say…

Excuse me. So your advice on verse is?

Diversify…

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Top: A 1640 copy, in contemporary sheep binding, of William Shakespeare’s first collected edition of his Poems sits on display at Sotheby’s auction house in New York, April 19, 2006. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Left: The European Union’s President Herman Van Rompuy presents a book collecting haiku he wrote, during a ceremony in Brussels, April 15, 2010. His expertise in haiku, written in Flemish, has also made him famous as the poet Belgian prime minister. REUTERS/Yves Herman

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Rather terse, this paean to verse
yet somehow it feels right.
For with the words and lines you chose
You manage to delight.

Bob
Creative Writer
Pens a line
Thinks more
Smiles

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

.oot, esrevni etirw nac I

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

Very clever, Doc. I had to take my monitor into the bathroom and read that one in the mirror.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

It’s Shra’s birthday
Let’s all give a rousing cheer
Toast to her this day. :D

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

May I respectfully submit the following poem in blank verse:

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

Indeed, Ifly. Let’s all wish her a happy birthday on Facebook.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Shakespeare wrote a few lines..
People called them great…
Ofcourse centuries later…
they sold for millions, filled in sheepskin crates…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Very good, Doc. In the words of the great poet Popeye, “Iamb what iamb…”

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Spin, is this haiku alright?

Robert Basler
re-incarnation of Shakespeare
rocks alright

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

I think you’re about two beats short, Shra, but if Spin tells you that will she be tased?

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

I think you’re being awfully demanding, Bob, considering you’re getting freeverse.

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

I cannot translate
“Happy, Happy Birthday, Shra”
to Flemish haiku.

Posted by Moonshine | Report as abusive

Umm.. no… I need to get this hailu thing right… so, might as well.. just this once.. :)
Thanks Mr.Pilot.. :)

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Successful blog key?
Follow this one simple rule:
Inverse verse; converse!

Posted by skeres | Report as abusive

it requires no money
but still its funny
it makes a dull day
nice, bright n sunny

Keep it up, BG :-)

@Shra: Happy B’day Shra, have a blast of a time :)

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

Hey Spin, thanks for not rhyming Baz with spaz, the way most people usually do….

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

the verse reversed vice
versa diverse verse twice
diverts per verse thrice.

So, rhyme, haiku, destroyed the meter, and bad pun…how’d I do?

==RED

Posted by REDruin | Report as abusive

I love the blog..
its so much fun, with mirth it makes me grog…
with commentators witty and galore
Its never a bore
I keep returning to the blog for more and more…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Thanks for the birthday wish, guys…
I would help you buy your own rounds in Alexander Graham Bell…
please follow me.. :D

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

All the OE commenters,
whether loyal or just passing through,
are quite funny and clever,
without ever having a clue.
(Because we are forbidden to teach or learn you see)

Do keep in mind though,
content and context are very important,
so keep your comment clean,
or Mr. Spam Basket will export it.
(He takes his job seriously so stay on his good side!)

Then there is the man,
the head honcho, the big cheese,
Mr. Robert Basler,
let’s all give an ovation if you please.
(And he does it all in his bathrobe and slippers!)

That’s my contribution,
my poorly punctuated little rhyme,
now kindly excuse me,
it’s coffee and doughnut time!
(Extra sprinkles on the doughnut please, it’s gonna be a long day.)

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

I think I’m related to Nosmo.

There, that should bring him out of hiding! Of course, I may never be able to leave the country once he puts my name on that list…

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Happy B’Day Shra. I’m sending some donuts with extra birthday sprinkles and a candle for you to blow out. Enjoy the day.

Posted by inebgreen | Report as abusive

@Spin re first comma: Gosh, you’re so right! Funny, you think it’s going to be just another ordinary day and then something really interesting comes along.

Posted by ladylala | Report as abusive

Mr B, with all us incompetent punks trying to write poems, do you feel brat-versed?

Posted by ladylala | Report as abusive

My scansion is atrocious
my meter is a crime
I’ll never make a living
from writing down a rhyme.
So for this blog and bloggers,
I’ve only this to say:
I may not be a poet, but
Neither are you! (Spin excepted)

Haiku! Haiku very much!

— Where’d I leave that doughnut?

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

Spin, I once wrote out a poem on a bar napkin in the old Ottawa Tavern in Toledo, Ohio. I think it was my finest one. Shows you how much I was into that crowd.

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

@Spin,

So slowly I write
Trying hard not to rhyme
All can read my words
But none can read my inner
thoughts that refuse to be born

Waka Waka Waka!

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

Shra, Happy Birthday. And if the shoe fits, buy it. Heck, buy the other one too. It’s your day, girl.

Posted by ladylala | Report as abusive

ɐʞɐʍ ɐʞɐʍ ɐʞɐʍ

˙unɟ sɐʍ sıɥʇ ʇnq
˙ǝsɐǝןd ‘ǝɯ ǝʌıƃɹoɟ

˙ǝɯıʇ sıɥʇ ʇno noʎ
dןǝɥ ןןıʍ ɹoɹɹıɯ ɹnoʎ
ʞuıɥʇ ʇ,uop ı ‘qoq

uʍop ǝpısdn pןɹoʍ ʎɯ
uɹnʇ puɐ ǝsɹǝʌuı ʇnq
ǝsɹǝʌ ʇou puıɟ puɐ
sʇɹoɟɟǝ ɔıʇǝod ʎɯ uo
uʍop ʞooן sɹɐʇs ǝɥʇ

„ǝsɹǝʌıun ǝsɹǝʌuı„

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

If only i could take this whole lot to drink…. :)

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Doc, it’s official. You’re nuts.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Thanks, Shra,(and happy b-day!) but we’ve already had a whole lot to drink!

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

Doc, what are you doing in Australia? Geddit, cause you wrote upside down! Nyuck nyuck.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Doc, just the fact you were in a Canadian bar in Toledo is clear evidence you needed much entertainment. And, if writing poetry was that, I have to say I’m happy for you.

Posted by justM | Report as abusive

Oh no.. I am seeeing upside down! Oh, but I just had one drink last night… Hic!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

The EU President does it in Flemish
His word translate with nary a blemish
My mind starts to bend
As I try to comprehend
In een kale boom Krast een kraai de stilte stuk Zaterdagochtend

@Onedoor – don’t worry I’m very near the top of ‘the list’. Oh the stories I could tell.

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

Bob has inspired me. Methinks I’ll write my next legal brief in verse or, better yet, I’ll file a rebus! I’ve been waiting for this opening ever since I left my last job as a technical writer. Who knew that instructions for a fire extinguisher shouldn’t be written in verse?

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

Spin, you have to pass a bar and join a bar association. But — my understanding is — that includes taverns.

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

Oh, I could help with that part of your training, Spin!! Edinburgh has a lot of bars… heck, Scotland has a lot of bars!!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

@Nosmo: there you are! I like stories! Why once upon a time, in a cold and snowy land…

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

I’ll play.

…there lived a young girl named Mara. She lived in a cottage in the stone pines that embraced her Village. One day…. Oh heck, I’m way too busy today to write any more of this….

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

…yad enO .egalliV reh decarbme taht senip enots eht ni egattoc a ni devil ehS .araM deman lrig gnuoy a devil ereht…

Well, that’s the inverse, Spin. Um, I’m not sure how it enhanced my writing and reading experience, but okay!

==RED

Posted by REDruin | Report as abusive

Spin, here ya go:

in iambic pentameter

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

Mmm, sheep binding…

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

Did I mention how you guys crack me up?
Ahh… so much fun to read the blog…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

?retematnep cibmai ni

For that enhanced reading and writing experience.

==RED.

Posted by REDruin | Report as abusive

Also, spin, writing in iambic pentameter would mean I’d have to look up what exactly that is, and that would mean doing something educational. I believe Shra tasers anyone who admits to violating the bylaws prohibiting that very thing?

I could but post re-verse in-verse of verse

and satisfy the requirement, yes? In re-verse iamb, of course…
==

Posted by REDruin | Report as abusive

Thou ist correct Red… and I would like to be fair, I have been gifted a state-of-the-art taser by our very own Blog Guy… and I cant wait to use it!!!
*laughing devilishly while rubbing her hands together, and looking very witch-like*

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Thou ist correct Red… and I would like to be fair, I have been gifted a state-of-the-art taser by our very own Blog Guy… and I cant wait to use it!!!
*laughing devilishly while rubbing her hands together, and looking very witch-like*

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Dilemmas fall down
like rain drops. Big hands fall. They
glisten, uncounted.

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

It plays well, but in
dotted rhythm, minor key.
Pass the Malox, please.

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

Mr B, the fact that your column on verse has garnered more responses than any other attests to the refined sensibilities of your readers. Some bloggers pander to the lowest common denominator, but you, monsieur? Jamais! I take off my chapeau to you.

Posted by ladylala | Report as abusive

Wait, pandering to verse and haiku isn’t the Lowest Common Denominator? We’re actually getting classy?

That’s it, back to doughnuts, Lamar, and shoes for Mr. Basler.

RED

Posted by REDruin | Report as abusive

Spin, I’m glad to see you haven’t lost your zest for lemon wordplay. If I do, I hope you’ll come to my ade.

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

Hang on. In addition to buttering our bread one bite at a time, now we need to know which SIDE is the right one?

http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 11/01/11/you-stuck-him-with-the-wrong-kn ife-fool/

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

@Spin re the “Sh-Boom” song: I have tears in my eyes. Could you change the “yada” to “lala” and sing it at Lamar’s and my wedding?

Posted by ladylala | Report as abusive

I don’t want to speak out of turn, but I believe Lamar has always planned to have Barry Manilow sing at his wedding.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

What? Manilow!!? How intolerable is that? Is Lamar going to have the ceremony performed by mimes, too?

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

Spin, could you teach Barry Manilow how to sing the..well, just to sing?

Posted by ladylala | Report as abusive

Lamar can compromise on Barry Manilow, cant he Lady? I mean, you could always tell him that Spin would sing the Sh-boom song… and Manilow could shake his booty to it?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

@Shra: That sounds fair. Grotesque, but fair.

Posted by ladylala | Report as abusive