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LeaflessMapleTree
The twelve shopping days 'til Christmas


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The Globe and Mail daily newspaper runs a weekly contest known as "The Globe Challenge". It is a competition of wit and wordplay. One of the challenges from a while ago was to take a famous first line from a poem and change the second line with humourous results (if the first line is really short, one can copy verbatim the first two lines and make up a third and fourth). Some examples from that challenge were:

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure dome decree/
But now it's gone, because it had no weatherproofing guarantee.

The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Mudville nine that day/
Three players tested positive and weren't allowed to play.

The Assyrian came down like a wolf on the fold/
Was it terror or war? We were all Gallup-polled.

So I was thinking that we could get something going where someone tosses out a first line from a poem, and the next person adds a rhyming line and suggests a new first line for the following person.

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The Rules:

1) The poem (or at least the poet) must be relatively well-known.
2) The matching line must rhyme with the first line
3) The poster must follow up his or her rhyming line with a new first line for the next poster
4) Bold the real first line when you suggest it. When adding a rhyming line to someone else's first line, copy the original first line in plain text and bold your rhyming line.
5) There is no need to identify the actual second line of the poem unless you feel it crucial.

I hope it catches on. I'll go first:


Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both


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Brad from Georgia
Ding Dong! Merrily on High Definition TV


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I waited until I was mugged by a hood
Who left me stunned in the undergrowth.
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I heard a Fly buzz--when I died--

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Seltaeb
I'll Be Home for After Christmas Sales


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I heard a Fly buzz--when I died--
After that, a cricket sighed.

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Thank Heaven! the crisis, the danger is past,

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RingKeeper
Markdown, the Herald Angels Sing


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Thank Heaven! the crisis, the danger is past
I found my lucky socks at last!


There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for gold;


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There are just some things a dog can't explain to a monkey.

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going slightly mad
I'll Be Home for After Christmas Sales


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Awwww RingKeeper, did you have to edit your first line, I just thought of something! I'm bad enough at rhyming as is, I don't think I can think of two rhymes a day [Frown]

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Don't warn the tadpoles!

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Stoneage Dinosaur
We Wish You a Merry Giftmas


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There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for gold;
They down their tools, then mount their mules,
When the hour of twelve is tolled



Were my bosom as false as thou deem'st it to be,

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"You learn something new every day if you're not careful" - Wilf Lunn

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Yleemjseg
Deck the Malls


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quote:

Were my bosom as false as thou deem'st it to be, [/QB]

It'd be not A, but double D.

Oh yeah, i have to add my own!

He did not come in the dawning; he did not come at noon;

edited because i forgot to continue the whole thing by adding a new one

edited again, because 'assing' isn't 'adding'

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RingKeeper
Markdown, the Herald Angels Sing


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quote:
Originally posted by going slightly mad:
Awwww RingKeeper, did you have to edit your first line, I just thought of something! I'm bad enough at rhyming as is, I don't think I can think of two rhymes a day [Frown]

Sorry. I re-read the rules and then thought that the poem may not be well known enough.

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Mistletoey Chloe
Ding Dong! Merrily on High Definition TV


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He did not come in the dawning; he did not come at noon;
I'll have to go to Tesco's if the milkman's not here soon.

The boy stood on the burning deck
Whence all but he had fled...


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~~Ai am in mai prrrrrraime!~~

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Brad from Georgia
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Sweat was rolling down his neck,
And his feet glowed cherry red.

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'Twas the eighteenth of April in 'seventy-five,
Hardly a man is now alive....

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LeaflessMapleTree
The twelve shopping days 'til Christmas


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'Twas the eighteenth of April in 'seventy-five,
Hardly a man is now alive....

Perhaps next time the rest will strive
To shift to 'reverse' instead of 'drive'

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How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

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RingKeeper
Markdown, the Herald Angels Sing


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How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love you like the yowl of a thousand strays.


Who's woods these are I think I know.

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There are just some things a dog can't explain to a monkey.

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Tabbymago
Markdown, the Herald Angels Sing


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Whose woods these are I think I know
He's got a gun -- we'd better go.

'Twas the night before Chistmas, and all through the house

-Tabby
the princess with claws

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If you don't appreciate the irony, the irony appreciates.

"Sappiness and medieval violence: it's a wonderful combination. Like chocolate and peanut butter for the mind." -me on my fantasy novel-in-progress

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lavender blue
Jingle Bell Hock


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'Twas the night before Chistmas, and all through the house
many beer cans were strewn by my husband the louse

I met a traveler from an antique land

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catagenesis [evol]-evolution leading to decadence and decreased vigor.

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Yleemjseg
Deck the Malls


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I met a stranger from an antique land
who gave me a good deal on an old TV stand

Tyger, Tyger, burning bright

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Stoneage Dinosaur
We Wish You a Merry Giftmas


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Tyger, Tyger, burning bright
Someone's set its tail alight


O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms,
Alone and palely loitering?


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"You learn something new every day if you're not careful" - Wilf Lunn

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pinqy
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I'm confused as to the rules. The OP said "the first line" but many people are using the first two lines.

pinqy

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Don't Forget!
Winter Solstice Hanukkah Christmas Kwanzaa & Gurnenthar's Ascendance Are Coming!

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LeaflessMapleTree
The twelve shopping days 'til Christmas


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quote:
It is a competition of wit and wordplay. One of the challenges from a while ago was to take a famous first line from a poem and change the second line with humourous results (if the first line is really short, one can copy verbatim the first two lines and make up a third and fourth).
O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms,
Alone and palely loitering?
Someone's cast you evil charms
Your neck, it is a-goiter-ing.


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Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?

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"For me, religion is like a rhinoceros: I don't have one, and I'd really prefer not to be trampled by yours. But it is impressive, and even beautiful, and, to be honest, the world would be slightly worse off if there weren't any."
-Silas Sparkhammer

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Stoneage Dinosaur
We Wish You a Merry Giftmas


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quote:
Originally posted by MapleLeaf:
O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms,
Alone and palely loitering?
Someone's cast you evil charms
Your neck, it is a-goiter-ing.

[lol] Excellent.

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RingKeeper
Markdown, the Herald Angels Sing


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Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?

Nay, keep a watch out in the back
Lest they get you from behind.

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I think that I shall never see

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There are just some things a dog can't explain to a monkey.

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Andrew of Ware, England
A-Ware in a Manger


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I think that I shall never see
Unless in the meter I put five pee.

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Nature and Nature's Laws lay hid in Night

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Andrew, Ware, England

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RangerDog
Happy Xmas (Warranty Is Over)


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Thank God I remembered my flash-a-light.


I was born in the house my father built.

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Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day; give him a religion, and he'll starve to death while praying for a fish

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RingKeeper
Markdown, the Herald Angels Sing


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I was born in the house my father built.
It was crooked and smoked like a Labrador tilt

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Once upon a midnight dreary

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There are just some things a dog can't explain to a monkey.

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Izzy Quigley
Jingle Bell Hock


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Once upon a midnight dreary
We got drunk - our eyes were bleary.

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Who will go drive with Fergus now
And pierce the deep woods' woven shade?

(Edited to fix irregular meter)

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A Viennese fellow is walking along the Karntner Strasse and notices a banana peel lying in his path. "Alas," he sighs, "now I must slip and fall down!"

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Brad from Georgia
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Hold up your hand and out I'll bow,
'Cause spooky woods make me afraid.

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Half a league, half a league, half a league onward,

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Brad from Georgia
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Nobody wants to play? Okay, so I kill the thread:

Half a league, half a league, half a league onward,
If I don't find a loo, haul me to the boneyard.

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LeaflessMapleTree
The twelve shopping days 'til Christmas


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Hey, it was fun while it lasted. And I'm honestly surprised it got this much of a result.

(If anyone wants to ressurect it down the road, feel free.)

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"For me, religion is like a rhinoceros: I don't have one, and I'd really prefer not to be trampled by yours. But it is impressive, and even beautiful, and, to be honest, the world would be slightly worse off if there weren't any."
-Silas Sparkhammer

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Izzy Quigley
Jingle Bell Hock


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Okay, I'll do it:

On the shores of Gitchee Gumee
By the shining big Sea-Water...

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A Viennese fellow is walking along the Karntner Strasse and notices a banana peel lying in his path. "Alas," he sighs, "now I must slip and fall down!"

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Zamboni_Rodeo
Deck the Malls


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quote:
Originally posted by Izzy Quigley:
On the shores of Gitchee Gumee
By the shining big Sea-Water...

I got myself in trouble
When I boinked the General's daughter.


Another from "The Highwayman:"

Dumb as a dog he listened, and he heard the robber say-

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Where's the challenge in wassailing at Christmas? The place is lousy with wassail!

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RangerDog
Happy Xmas (Warranty Is Over)


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Give me your money or I'll do with you away!


If at first you don't succeed...

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Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day; give him a religion, and he'll starve to death while praying for a fish

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The Pikey Snow Queen
The First USA Noel


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If at first you don't succeed...

NFBSK it, just have some weed.

Stop all the clocks,
Cut off the telephone...


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Brosandi. Hendumst hringi
Hldumst hendur
Allur heimurinn skr
Nema stendur

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The Ota Faction
Happy Holly Days


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Stop all the clocks,
Cut off the telephone...


turn out the lights;
ConEd's shut down your zone.

Terrible. [Razz]

Jenny was so happy about the house they had found.

(Hey, it's well known to us snopesters!)

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"Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are." - Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
"That lonely recluse who lives down the road is crying out. So is that pregnant teenager. And the prostitute. And the drunkard."
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RingKeeper
Markdown, the Herald Angels Sing


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Jenny was so happy about the house they had found.

Little did poor Jenny know
She'd soon be underground

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O World! O Life! O Time!

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There are just some things a dog can't explain to a monkey.

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RangerDog
Happy Xmas (Warranty Is Over)


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O World! O life! O Time!
I scrub and scrub to get rid of this grime.


How do I love thee? Let me count the ways...

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Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day; give him a religion, and he'll starve to death while praying for a fish

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Ryda Wong, EBfCo.
It Came Upon a Midnight Clearance


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How do I love thee? Let me count the ways...
I love thee even when thou breath dost stink.


i carry your heart with me(i carry it in....


ETC my selection

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So many spankings! It feels so good! But at the same time, I don't care about meeting your family! - I'mNotDedalus:

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