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    Lightbulb Goodbye People Goodbye

    The Day the Poetry Died

    A long, long time ago
    I can still remember how the poetry contests made me want to write
    And I knew if I took my chance there were those I could entrance
    And maybe they'd be happy for a while

    But apathy made me shiver with every poem that I'd deliver
    The contests became unraveled, a lonesome road never traveled
    So I remember that I cried when the contests shrank and dried
    But something broke down deep inside the day the poetry died

    So bye, bye Litnet Forums, guys
    It’s been fun but now the competition has dried
    And them good old boys quit writing in rhyme
    So goodbye people goodbye

    Did you write your poems for love, about fate and life and God above
    Writing to win you know
    Now do you believe in rhythm and rhyme, poems that kept meter and time
    And can you tell me why the contests slowed?
    Dark Muse wrote her cryptic lines
    I always seemed to write in rhyme
    Yesno was there and many more
    Man we lost something that we can’t ignore

    I was a broken down and aging buck
    Whose poetry made some star-struck
    But I knew I was out of luck
    The day the poetry died

    So bye, bye Litnet Forums, guys
    It’s been fun but now the competition has dried
    And them good old boys quit writing in rhyme
    So goodbye people goodbye

    Been a member since 20 aught 5
    And the company made me feel alive
    But that's how it used to be
    When the Dragon sang for the king and queen
    In couplets, villanelles, and other schemes
    With a voice that came from upbeat to misery

    Oh, but sometime when I weren’t around
    The people lost their interests in crowns
    I said the courtroom was adjourned
    A guilty verdict was returned
    And while new poets tried to leave their Mark
    Entire threads were placed in park
    And we sang dirges in the dark
    The day the poetry died

    So bye, bye Litnet Forums, guys
    It’s been fun but now the competition has dried
    And them good old boys quit writing in rhyme
    So goodbye people goodbye

    Helter skelter competition faltered
    I was working without a safety harness
    Reaching for the stars and falling fast
    Felt like everyone was hooked on grass
    Some of us tried tried for a forward pass
    But poets were sidelined and forgot their craft

    Now people wrote in sweet perfume
    Minimalist, Form, Subject, and to this tune
    Well It could have been a blast
    Oh, but we never got the chance

    'Cause the poets forgot their sense of taste
    As they watched their mouths fill up with paste
    Writing seemed just to be a waste
    The day the poetry died

    So bye, bye Litnet Forums, guys
    It’s been fun but now the competition has dried
    And them good old boys quit writing in rhyme
    So goodbye people goodbye

    Oh, we were all in one place, drawn together by a common fate
    Why can’t folks seem to understand?
    So come on Dragon write some more
    You will only find your rhymes ignored

    Oh, and as I watched the contests race
    Then fall apart, my spirit ached
    Spent all of my days in hell
    No contests broke the spell
    And as the poetry burned high into the night
    The Contests became a sacrificial rite
    I saw Satan laughing at me with delight
    The day the poetry died

    So bye, bye Litnet Forums, guys
    It’s been fun but now the competition has dried
    And them good old boys quit writing in rhyme
    So goodbye people goodbye

    I met a girl who wrote the blues
    And guys that penned some happy news
    Now they all just turn away
    I visit oft the sacred thread
    Where our contests first began
    But they have went ignored for many days

    The lines they wrote to make me scream
    The lovely sonnets and blissful dreams
    But the thread was broken
    The poetry lost its motion
    And three poets I admire began
    Dark Muse, Yesnno, and Cacian
    To barely write at all again
    They caught the last train for Ireland
    The day the poetry died

    So bye, bye Litnet Forums, guys
    It’s been fun but now the competition has dried
    And them good old boys quit writing in rhyme
    So goodbye people goodbye

    Pendragon © Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    Parody of Don Mclean’s “American Pie”
    Last edited by Pendragon; 04-17-2014 at 06:01 AM.
    Some of us laugh
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    Some of us smoke
    Some of us lie
    But it's all just the way
    that we cope with our lives...

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    Wow that was fantastic. Could not read it without singing it! You're right on every note too. Perhaps a discussion thread about this drought could help.I know I'm not the only one affected by it. You put it down so creatively Pen, don't exit till you've seen the effect your work might have.
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    You can't be part of a Renaissance if you leave, Pen. I know its hard, but I hope you'll reconsider.

    Your rendition of American Pie is spot on. I declare you the winner of this contest.
    "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its' own reason for existing." ~ Albert Einstein
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    It is well done, but I can't blame you. I haven't posted on here in ages because the climate is so difficult. In fact, i just stopped writing when the it was no longer fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buh4Bee View Post
    It is well done, but I can't blame you. I haven't posted on here in ages because the climate is so difficult. In fact, i just stopped writing when the it was no longer fun.
    Well there is rarely any conversing over pieces anymore, it's just post, look, move on and so forth forever. The only posts that ever get any real attention are out in the abyss of dedicated threads for a specific individual.

    I still come in here and pop with something every here and there, but I will admit I miss the heat a little.
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    One thing is, yours truly is watching, always watching, waiting for one of you to write something to make him a believer again. Anything compelling will get its deserved response from Jack of Hearts, but the days of tag-teaming crit with old whathisname are definitely over.





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    Come back, Pendragon! There are poetry contests that could use some of your poems. You won the minimalist contest.

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    I agree with all of the above, and it's been going on a while. But I have no idea what to do about it, or if anything even can be done. People still come. Or, rather, some people still come. But it all feels fractured, and I know many feel that way. I have noticed that people generally only stay about three years. There is always a group of people who stay longer, but part of the problem seems to be lately that there are fewer new members. If you have any ideas for causes or solutions let me know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by qimissung View Post
    I agree with all of the above, and it's been going on a while. But I have no idea what to do about it, or if anything even can be done. People still come. Or, rather, some people still come. But it all feels fractured, and I know many feel that way. I have noticed that people generally only stay about three years. There is always a group of people who stay longer, but part of the problem seems to be lately that there are fewer new members. If you have any ideas for causes or solutions let me know.
    Sometimes books have trailers, give the lit-net forums a cool trailer? I'm not really one for ads in most cases but, this checks out.
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    That's an excellent idea. Thank you, Revolte! I wonder how much it would cost?
    "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its' own reason for existing." ~ Albert Einstein
    "Remember, no matter where you go, there you are." Buckaroo Bonzai
    "Some people say I done alright for a girl." Melanie Safka

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    Quote Originally Posted by qimissung View Post
    That's an excellent idea. Thank you, Revolte! I wonder how much it would cost?
    I suppose that depends on you go about it really, I wouldn't have any idea. The hardest part I suppose would be views, depending on how you make it.
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    come back Pendragon let's do the contest again and what a piece. enchanting
    it may never try
    but when it does it sigh
    it is just that
    good
    it fly

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    You guys just need some new blood in the poetry section... let me introduce myself, I'm Sparrow, the new word-slinger in town, and I'm challenging Pendragon to a poetry duel.

    So stop feeling sorry for yourself Mr. Pendragon and let's get to it.

    The first round will be unconventional, avant-garde poetry... anything goes.
    You can go first, or if you wish I will post the first poem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iain Sparrow View Post
    You guys just need some new blood in the poetry section... let me introduce myself, I'm Sparrow, the new word-slinger in town, and I'm challenging Pendragon to a poetry duel.

    So stop feeling sorry for yourself Mr. Pendragon and let's get to it.

    The first round will be unconventional, avant-garde poetry... anything goes.
    You can go first, or if you wish I will post the first poem?
    avant garde sounds cool.
    why not start it in the poetry games and and contest forum?
    you can post the first poem there.
    we should follow. I will
    it may never try
    but when it does it sigh
    it is just that
    good
    it fly

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iain Sparrow View Post
    You guys just need some new blood in the poetry section... let me introduce myself, I'm Sparrow, the new word-slinger in town, and I'm challenging Pendragon to a poetry duel.

    So stop feeling sorry for yourself Mr. Pendragon and let's get to it.

    The first round will be unconventional, avant-garde poetry... anything goes.
    You can go first, or if you wish I will post the first poem?
    Post what you will. For the record, I am not feeling sorry for myself, I mourn the loss of competition which others have as well. As the contests have become my only reason for staying, if they go, I go. That's the bottom line.

    God Bless

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    Some of us laugh
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    Some of us smoke
    Some of us lie
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