When you're feeling mellow and creative and you don't have a camera then poems can be an easy outlet for those creative juices or even a distraction with the sweet endorphin burst at the end when you think you have done something particularly clever with words.

Throw in some math and you get things like poems based on the fibonacci sequence and more rules to better "fibs". Slashdot it and the nerds provide a plethora of good examples. Kind of like haiku except to a different beat.

Then there is the poetry based on spam. I've always wanted to do that, the trouble is that I would actually have to read the spam, so my brain is having a war with itself and unfortunately the clever side just makes the "read the spam" side forget.

This is a good way to point at the now unupdated SatireWire which held an annual spam competition. SatireWire also has gems like "Australia gets drunk, wakes up in North Atlantic". Rather than being creative at this point, I am going to reproduce a spam poem here:
The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures,
He leadeth me beside the still waters,
He restoreth my credit and consolidateth my debts,
For as little as $1,750,
If I act now.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me,
Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
And can now be 50 Percent Larger in Three Weeks.
There are plenty of other examples of spam poetry if you want to google around like Spam Haiku and Kristin's site.

The logical progression of this is the combination. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you my original work (stolen from the subject titles of spam email that I have received):

Spam Fibonacci Poetry
Dollar falls
Great portfolio
Education is not needed
Says so much doesn't it?
All your online meds
Chemical assisted lifestyle
Viagra, Cialis, Xanax, Valium, Soma
That hurt as much to write as it does to read.

This is not to be confused with the spammers attempting to use poetry to get past spam filters.

So all of this is really an attempt to give you the background for another comic I created. You'll notice the dramatic changes to the background are similar to the dynamic range of the characters' physical expression. You probably read the comic first right? Unless I have put so much text in here that it scrolled of the bottom of the screen. Sweet!


Gregory K. said...

Thanks for the Fibs. Cool comic, too.

I'd actually written a Spam Fib. Really Spam. Here 'tis, pulled from my comments...

Pig ears,
Salt plus salt,
And glistening gel:
Nine thousand points on Weight Watchers.

neoporcupine said...

Heh, I saw that truly inspirational work :P Congratulations on the exceedingly popular blog article and thanks for prompting me to write some poetry. Such as it is.

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