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Why Bump at all?

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Tim
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0 posted 09-13-2002 11:37 PM       View Profile for Tim   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Tim


I have seen numerous discussions here at Passions over the past several years on the issue of bumping.  Most generally, someone complains of their poetry quickly fading from sight while obviously inferior poetry stays at the top.  

The typical response is that people shouldn't post to get replies, one should not care about replies, there is no inferior poetry posted at Passions(beauty is in the eye of the beholder), or post in the smaller forums.  Being properly chastised, the complainer beats a hasty retreat and normalcy returns to the forums until the next frustrated poet vents.

I have posted some six hundred poems over the last three plus years at Passions.  I say this only to establish I have a modicum of experience on how Passions functions. I will readily concede my poetry is as inferior as anyone elses. (I write poetry as a pressure release, not to be a poet laureate) I will, however, admit frustration realizing that if I post a poem I write with no thought, just typing whatever comes into my head within a matter of minutes, I stand as good of chance of receiving the same number of replies as to the poems I have worked days if not weeks writing. As an aside, from personal observation, it appears the cliques are just as, or more pronounced in the smaller forums.

I think I have the intellect to figure out what it takes to obtain larger numbers of replies and have no desire in that regard. I will live with my recent average of five replies per poem, which from experience I suspect I would get if I submitted a computer generated poem. Therefore, my suggestion is not intended to secure more replies for my poetry.

Enough rambling.  

That brings me to my question, why bump at all?
Shouldn't everyone be on equal footing? The so-called cliques will still be able to find their co-cliquees, and inferior poets like me would not be able to complain about having our poetry pushed to oblivion by the megaposters as everyone would be treated equally.

If indeed all poetry is good, then all poetry should be treated equally.  If everyone sinks into oblivion equally, then no one can complain. No one would in anyway be prevented from seeking out their favorite poets and responding.  

Perhaps a Passion's Bill of Rights?
One for all and all for one,
We'll guillotine the nasty bump,
and slide together into oblivion.

(see, I said I could write terrible poetry)  


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1 posted 09-13-2002 11:47 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Funny, Tim?

I have this recurring theme in my life.

What some term "bumping"?

I thought of as just being friendly!

somebody help? I've typed that smilie alot lately--I think I'm turning into Jack Nicholson!
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2 posted 09-13-2002 11:58 PM       View Profile for Tim   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Tim

and the true beauty of my suggestion is that bumping eliminated, there would be no need for replies other than sincerity and appreciation of fine poetry.  and to make it perfectly clear to folks from New Orleans and elsewhere, all other forms of bumping would not be eliminated but we would also eliminate any confusion in casual conversation as to "what ya doin' tonight?"  "oh, thought I would go bumping a bit." what the heck someone was referring to...  now up here in Kansas, we are more into dumping, as in cow dumping, but that is another issue that will have to explored at another date and time...
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3 posted 09-14-2002 12:00 AM       View Profile for Tim   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Tim

and just to make it painfully clear, we farm folk are not adverse to bumping now and again...
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4 posted 09-14-2002 12:04 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

funny, I never thought of "going bumping" as a plan---

just came naturally.

*damn-I-should-be-rich*



and if this is going on? I actually had no idea...too busy having fun, yanno?
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5 posted 09-14-2002 12:11 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

AND OKAY...

to answer you seriously?

I DO BUMP.

I go back to the lost pages, and quite often, find treasures...when I have time. This was something I learned from the most gracious Coco Baci--who often startled me with poems I could not remember having written, bumped. So I do...especially when there are "issue poems" being inundated as I tend to get bored. I like to mix things up a bit. But I guess you suspected that.
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6 posted 09-14-2002 12:14 AM       View Profile for Tim   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Tim

planned bump vs. a natural bump?
sheesh, have to think on that one...  us farm boys are slow on the uptake on a lot of things, if we didn't plan our bumping and just bumped naturally, then who knows what kind of trouble our bumping would get us into... (ya know? if you type the word bumping enough times, it looks pretty darn ridiculous, kind of like when farm boys go bumping)
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7 posted 09-14-2002 12:16 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Not a plan...just a natural reaction...

sort of like...hmmm...I think I want to eat Thai t'night...and so? you order Thai..

now, I suppose I am gonna have to explain just who the hell is Thai! missed you m'buddy
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8 posted 09-14-2002 12:25 AM       View Profile for Tim   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Tim

I know Thai, sheesh, how dumm do you think I am... he's works down at the chinese deli, a siamese twin if I recall...  used to be called Siam, changed his name to Thai...  Gawd, what has he been into to tonight?
being serious, why does a serious reply also have to be a bump?  As indicated, one does not have to read only on page one.  If a poem tickles your bumper, then reply away, or better yet, send an email to truly let the person know you appreciated the poem. Just because a poem is bumped is not indication is it any better written or expressed than a non-bumped poem.
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9 posted 09-14-2002 12:26 AM       View Profile for Tim   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Tim

I know Thai, sheesh, how dumm do you think I am... he's works down at the chinese deli, a siamese twin if I recall...  used to be called Siam, changed his name to Thai...  Gawd, what has he been into to tonight?
being serious, why does a serious reply also have to be a bump?  As indicated, one does not have to read only on page one.  If a poem tickles your bumper, then reply away, or better yet, send an email to truly let the person know you appreciated the poem. Just because a poem is bumped is not indication is it any better written or expressed than a non-bumped poem.
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10 posted 09-14-2002 12:28 AM       View Profile for Tim   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Tim

OMG!!!  the dreaded double bump..
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11 posted 09-14-2002 12:32 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

the DREADED double bump????

roflmao...

omigod...what you dread, I would gladly endure...

now you are taunting me to naughty, you!
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12 posted 09-14-2002 12:34 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

OH...and the e mail thing? I do that too...

I'm sorta versatile that way.
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13 posted 09-14-2002 12:40 AM       View Profile for Tim   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Tim

I didn't bring up about eating Thai.. sheesh..
I was just talking about bumping..
bump in the night,
bumper cars,
bump and grind..
WAIT A MINUTE!!!
isn't Thai's last name Bump..
Thai Bump?
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14 posted 09-14-2002 12:47 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

It's true...his ex wife was named Go.

YEP...

Thai Bump and Go.

They divorced.

(er...she gone now.)
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15 posted 09-14-2002 12:49 AM       View Profile for Kielo   Email Kielo   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kielo

ROTFLMAO!
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16 posted 09-14-2002 12:51 AM       View Profile for Tim   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Tim

They did have three children before the divorce...
Mop,
Glow, and
the eldest named after her mother Go...
so you had Mop and Glow Bump and Go...
and Go Bump Go who they just called Go Go for short...

She Gone Now?  was that their Chinese cousin, the one who owned the Chinese deli?

[This message has been edited by Tim (09-14-2002 12:53 AM).]

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*cries from laughing so hard* STOP!
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18 posted 09-14-2002 12:56 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

let's not forget the new grandchild...JO--

otherwise known as "Go-Jo"

(Just tryin' to keep it clean! )
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19 posted 09-14-2002 01:00 AM       View Profile for Kielo   Email Kielo   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kielo

*cackles* hee hee... hahaha! heh heh

*clears throat* I'm not feeling very funny today. *breathes* Otherwise I would make you laugh. *imitates duct tape* Nope, it isn't working for me. Try again tomorrow.
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20 posted 09-14-2002 01:01 AM       View Profile for Tim   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Tim

there was also a set of twins that Thai's brother had... he named them in honor of Thai...
the girl was named Denise Bump
and the boy was of course named Denephew Bump..
and with that he slips totally into oblivion and bids his poetic friend from the deep south adieu and wishes her a grand a glorious evening complete with virtual non-stop bumping.

[This message has been edited by Tim (09-14-2002 01:03 AM).]

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LOL! You know whats scary? Never mind, I can't remember. Oh, I know. I'm bumping a thread... (and that wasn't supposed to be funny. I just noticed)

[This message has been edited by Kielo (09-14-2002 01:04 AM).]

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22 posted 09-14-2002 01:03 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

ah...the blessing of things that go "bump" in the night...

nite Tim-boy!
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23 posted 09-14-2002 01:05 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

"nite kielo."
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