A Note From Fatty: Readers, I am sorry to inform you that Free Verse Friday has been suspended today, due to non-compliance with the strict no-rhymes policy enforced throughout this blog.
Specifically, the 05 October 2012 edition of Free Verse Friday rhymed the words “sated” and “unabated,” a clear violation of Free Verse as defined by the administrators of FatCyclist.com.
Since this unfortunate circumstance has only been recently brought to our attention, we are still collating and tabulating data, searching our hearts, and otherwise trying to decide what to do. We shall formulate an opinion once we know which way the wind blows and and render our verdict in an extraordinary meeting at a time to either be announced shortly or some other time.
UPDATE: It has come to our attention that the 05 October 2012 edition of Free Verse Friday, as currently published in this blog, is not in fact the Free Verse poem as originally published. By using high-tech Internet archiving software, we have uncovered that the original stanza in question read as follows:
This stands in glaring contrast to the verse as it is now published:
It is quite clear that the word “unabated” was added to the Free Verse after the poem had been published and subsequently forgotten.
By whom? And for what reason? We do not know yet why anyone would want to sabotage something as beautiful and innocent as Free Verse Friday.
But we intend to find out.
Stay tuned for further updates.
UPDATE 2: As FatCyclist.com management reviews past editions of Free Verse Friday, it becomes apparent that the Fat Cyclist (hereafter referred to as “The Defendant”) is not the only person who has clearly and substantially violated the regulations clearly stated for Free Verse Friday.
Indeed, a close review of poetry written for any given issue of Free Verse Friday between the months of whenever it started (management of FatCyclist.com is currently not all that interested in figuring that out) and now, clearly demonstrates that a majority of the poems rhyme.
Clearly, this problem is more widespread than originally understood, and many important questions come to mind:
- Were commenters who rhymed in their poetry coerced to do so by The Defendant?
- Why did some commenters rhyme in some poems, but not in others?
- Why is almost all of the poetry so excruciatingly bad?
- Is there any poetry that’s good?
- Does anybody really know what time it is?
- Does anybody really care?
The management of FatCyclist.com recognizes that these revelations are rocking both the world of poets and the fans of famous, award-winning cycling bloggers. Unfortunately, they (i.e., we) don’t care very much, because it’s lunchtime.
Stay tuned for even more updates. There may or may not be any updates coming, but go ahead and stay tuned for them anyway.