7 Sep 2011

Bad Poetry? Here I Come!

Imaginary Garden with Real Toads have surpassed themselves, by introducing a Bad Poetry Competition. They dare us to write a cringe making example on the spot, so how could I resist? It's not even 7am, but a ghostly shade of McGonagall crept close and whispered these words straight into my ear...

Ballad Verse From Bad To Worse

O mighty pen so full of ink,
of a bad poem make me think!
I long to see your old blue-black
pile up words like a pancake stack
of syrup covered waffle writing.
Mind you don't make it exciting.
Use no dictionary's rhyming,
only simple words let climb in

to your carefully built tower
of random ideas, wielding power.
Let them trickle down the page
and send real poets, in a rage,
to tear their hair and leave the scene
to stanzas who are all has beens..
"Has been whats?" I hear you cry
as a tear spills from your eye.

Then add a cliché, maybe two -
my heart will bleed for love of you.
And if you could concoct a sonnet,
I'd put a feather in my bonnet
in your honour, O quill pen.
When shall we two meet again?
Will it be before nightfall?
Or even, please God, not at all!

And I've linked this to d'Verse, hopefully to stop people becoming too serious over poetic niceties! LOL


  1. Bravo!!!
    [Insert a shower of roses and a hearty round of applause!]

  2. I'm sorry to disappoint you, but this is so utterly bad it's flaming good! Tremendous stuff! I can see it being anthologised.

  3. Funny, but you are the second person to say that, Dave! Hehehe! Not sure whether it proves I know all the bad things to avoid, or whether it just means I am the worst poet ever! LOL

  4. Good morning Jinksy =) thanks for making me smile... all the way through from bad to worse making this a wonderful verse!

  5. ha. i like it bad...who is to judge poetry any way?

  6. Brilliantly bad! To go on course from wrong to worse, but humorly told makes it so well done.

  7. Free at last, free at last - what fun!

  8. I agree with Dave... and Jinksy, you're a very talented poet!


  9. "brilliantly bad" indeed! lol too funny :)

  10. If this is bad, what happens when its good?

    Like the fun and light post... who doesn't ?

    Happy day ~

  11. Great stuff, Jinksy. Maybe a little too good to be too bad, but I love it. I read Janice's on Jabblog and just had to do one, too. Such fun.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  12. The bottom of the Bad barrel has been scraped...

  13. Penny . . this is so bad the only way forward is to burn it. Brilliantly done.

  14. Jinksy, you can't write bad poetry even when you try.

  15. Bad...not a word I`d use...you fail this challenge due to the wittiness of the write! lol Wonderful fun that was much appreciated by this reader

  16. Jinksy, dear! My current poem totally qualifies for "bad." Kinda.

    And it's high time I made a cute little sidebar button for you and posted it on my blog. There is one ahead of yours then it'll be YOUR big day.

  17. Hi, Rob Kistner here. This is a piece well written, engaging – good work… mine is here: http://www.image-verse.com/clown

  18. Totally awesome...who says bad??? I say terrific!

  19. This was great! Even your "bad" poetry is clever!