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Step into The Rhyming Room

Poetry on typewriter

Would you prefer to write your comments as a poem? Then The Rhyming Room is exactly where you want to be. Take inspiration from our weekly themes or wax lyrical on current consumer concerns…

The Which? Conversation community is fortunate to have many budding poets in its midst who frequently put their thoughts into verse.

On the odd occasion, we’ve even had dedicated conversations encouraging you to show off your creative talents and command of couplets and stanzas, such as those community member Ian led on National Poetry Day last year and at Christmas.

Poets’ corner

Concerned that some of the odes may get buried and forgotten in the depths of Which? Conversation, a number of you have requested a permanent poetry convo.

The space you envisaged was somewhere to store your topical verses so you could easily access them for further enjoyment – and even contribute more when you’re feeling inspired.

So, without further ado: welcome to The Rhyming Room.

On song

Of course, the main idea here is to write poems about your thoughts on current consumer issues.

But for added inspiration, each week, we’ll also be suggesting themes. These could be based on a mixture of world, international and national days, and even dubious celebratory days – so be sure to check back regularly.

Naturally, if you come up with your own celebratory occasion and want to write a poem, that’s OK, too.

Your musings can also be serious or amusing.

The only rules are that the poems must be your own work and it would be helpful to others to mention the subject. You should also always keep our Community Guidelines in mind.

To kick things off, Alfa’s kindly put pen to paper.

Did you ever dream of being a poet
But never quite sure just how to show it?
Let thoughts in your head turn to words that flow
And watch a poem start to grow

Each week there will be a new set of themes
Inspiration may come to you in your dreams
The end of lines don’t have to rhyme
Just come back and share with us in due time

This week’s themes:

Any current issues on Which? Conversation, plus:

Notable upcoming dates:

Thu May 18: Visit Your Relatives Day, Notebook Day, Museum Day, No Dirty Dishes Day,
Fri May 19: Bike To Work Day, Endangered Species Day, Pizza Party Day, The Great British Fish & Chips Supper
Sat May 20: Learn To Swim Day, Plant A Lemon Tree Day, World Whisky Day, World Fiddle Day Weights & Measures Day, Pick Strawberries Day
Sun May 21: Memo Day, Waiting Staff Day, I Need A Patch For That Day
Mon May 22: International Day for Biological Diversity, World Goth Day, Sherlock Holmes Day, Maritime Day
Tue May 23: Lucky Penny Day, Turtle Day, Title Track Day, Talk Like Yoda Day
Wed May 24: Brother’s Day, Tiara Day, Escargot Day, Scavenger Hunt Day
Thu May 25: Wine Day, Tap Dance Day, Geek Pride Day

Paste-Up refers to a method of preparing and laying out pages of publication in pre-digital days when newspapers, magazines and catalogues were all compiled by hand.

 

Please check back regularly for themes of the week.

We look forward to reading your compositions!

With special thanks to Which? Conversation community member, Alfa, who assisted with this conversation and came up with the inspired name of The Rhyming Room.

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Profile photo of VynorHill
Member

Another from Alfa’s list before she slaps my wrist.

Straw Hat Day.

Straw hat.
My cat.
Claws that
Pull at
Straw plat.
No hat.
Bad cat!
Lap sat.
Purr, purr, purr.

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Member

Wow, Vynor’s got us to page 2 ✍ 🙂 Keep ’em coming…

A few more celebrated dates:

Thu May 18: Visit Your Relatives Day, Notebook Day, Museum Day, No Dirty Dishes Day,
Fri May 19: Bike To Work Day, Endangered Species Day, Pizza Party Day, The Great British Fish & Chips Supper
Sat May 20: Learn To Swim Day, Plant A Lemon Tree Day, World Whisky Day, World Fiddle Day Weights & Measures Day, Pick Strawberries Day
Sun May 21: Memo Day, Waiting Staff Day, I Need A Patch For That Day
Mon May 22: International Day for Biological Diversity, World Goth Day, Sherlock Holmes Day, Maritime Day
Tue May 23: Lucky Penny Day, Turtle Day, Title Track Day, Talk Like Yoda Day
Wed May 24: Brother’s Day, Tiara Day, Escargot Day, Scavenger Hunt Day
Thu May 25: Wine Day, Tap Dance Day, Geek Pride Day

Profile photo of Lauren Deitz
Member

Hi Alfa,

That’s all updated – I might have to treat myself to some fish & chips tomorrow 🙂

Profile photo of VynorHill
Member

Well if you insist! Ian, in the lobby gives us wise sayings and amusing anecdotes every morning. I wondered whether it might be possible to tell jokes in verse. Hilaire Belloc was half way there with Henry King whom he exhorted to “Always keep a hold of nurse, for fear of finding something worse.” I’ve chosen three real old chestnuts and had a go.

A competition was set,
To find the best pun they could get.
A man in his prime,
Sent ten at a time,
But sadly, his entries
Fell foul of the sentries.
For his prize winning bid,
No pun in-ten-did.
*********************************
A man to the doctor applied
For a cure for wind to be tried.
The doctor, in spite,
Suggested a kite.
*****************************************
A damsel came to an artist’s lair.
The artist happened to be painting there.
She spoke in tones that were subdued,
“I wonder if you think me rude,
But can you paint me in the nude?”

The artist smiled and said “For sure,
But one small favour I implore.
Please allow me socks to wear,
I need to store my brushes there.”

Back to the wilderness for now.

Profile photo of Ian
Member

LOL! Excellent!

Profile photo of VynorHill
Member

Short note to self on Sunday for Monday.
Memo-day.
Me-Monday.
Re-Monday.
Re-mid-day.
Re-mind-day
Reminder.