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A Stolen Poem


I was surprised to find this poem on Bing. 
It had a very familiar ring 
I wrote it 15 years ago!!! 
No credit is given to the schmoe  
who "borrowed" it without consent.
That's what I most resent.

That and that awful color scheme
More of a nightmare than a dream
Purple font on blackened sky ~
It's not at all pleasing to the eye.
I claim my poem as one of prose
and get over the theft, I suppose.
   *************

at Jan's request I'm posting the original poem


We searched for each other in the most unlikely places among the most unlikely people and when our paths finally crossed it was for reasons so entangled that we might not even have noticed except for that faint quiver of wonder like a passing chill from the night air we loved and the closest we've come to explaining why is because it was you and because it was I
*NOTE: There are two lines inserted in the center that are NOT mine "in our daily bread - and the usual trespasses" So they steal a poem and then add words of a religious nature. How very unChristian of them.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2017




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Date: 11/21/2017 6:22:00 AM
So sad to hear of this, Lin, I wonder how many of mine have been used in such a way...I never do a check..you are talented, Lin, others can't help noticing it;) hope you got my reply soupmail:)
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Date: 11/21/2017 6:54:00 AM
I received your soupmail, Jo, and thank you for sending it. The insult that comes from a fool is not an insult at all. I've also received mail from other kind poets like you, telling of their displeasure with a certain someone. I discovered that my poem was stolen quite by accident while searching for a picture to use with a recent poem. Thanks for the lovely compliment.
Date: 11/19/2017 7:19:00 PM
Bless your heart Lin!! I truly know how you feel!! Not only have I had poetry stolen from me but songs( including music), other art forms and even framed original art work!! Not just once!! And so much more... So a lot of my desert poems and lost at seas are allusions and allegorical at best...part of the coping process of culminated loss over the years. So, sweet girl. Chin up. Keep writing!! Your best is yet to come!! They can't take your talent!! Biggest Hugggs!! Deb
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Lin Lane
Date: 11/19/2017 7:37:00 PM
Thank you so much, Deborah. How kind are your comments and each one is greatly appreciated.
Date: 11/18/2017 6:16:00 AM
Oh, this makes me so mad when people do this! You aren't alone my fiend, I've had my poetry plagiarized also, other people have found it and asked me if this was my poem cause it sounded like my style...I said why yes it is my poem, with a couple of minor changes (that made the poem worse) and it made me so mad! I feel for you Lin, but just think your poetry was considered awesome enough to use again, but it is so wrong to take your hard work and take their own credit for writing it! Great Work!
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Date: 11/19/2017 7:36:00 PM
I was angry for a moment and then decided I had to let it go, I wish whoever took it would've put their name on it, then I'd have a road to follow, but it's best to take the high road. Thanks, Russell.
Date: 11/17/2017 1:23:00 PM
I've had my just deserts poem plagerised as 'rhubarb crumble' and also for a 'teriyaki' restaurant which was so bizarre it was horrendous to read and also found my work posted on all poetry - so sad that folks stoop so low as to steal our poems and to see your poem with those additional religious lines added must have hurt you so deeply Lin. Thanks for adding the poem,:-) hugs jan xx
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Date: 11/19/2017 7:35:00 PM
Pity that some people wallow in the gutter and steal what doesn't belong to them.
Date: 11/17/2017 12:09:00 PM
I know the feeling, I had a lyric lifted (stolen) on my first song I wrote in 1982, became a big hit in Canada, so I kept all my writing secret until a few years ago. I talked with my lawyer and he said the best thing that could happen is that it becomes a success and then you can sue them, but I'm not interested, I understand your indignation!
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Date: 11/17/2017 12:14:00 PM
Thank you, John. The only positive thought is that it'll be read more often. I just wish they hadn't added those two lines as if it were a prayer. What audacity to steal something and then add prayerful words.
Date: 11/17/2017 10:47:00 AM
Often, I fear words slipping into my head are songs or phrases heard in passing but to steal almost every word for word. It's a sad epitaph on how the world is becoming un-original and deceptive. Sorry your very centered feelings were taken and re-interpreted by some unknown. DMB
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Lin Lane
Date: 11/17/2017 10:49:00 AM
Thank you for your very caring thoughts, DM. They're greatly appreciated.
Date: 11/17/2017 8:31:00 AM
Too many brought up without morals and discipline. This world has an entitlement problem. They do have good taste. It is an excellent poem. Sad when people use others work to make themselves seem more intelligent.
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Date: 11/17/2017 8:42:00 AM
Your observations are on target, Tim. I think I felt worse that they added two lines that don't fit with the nature of the poem. They used words from The Lord's Prayer on a stolen poem. Talk about adding insult to injury.
Date: 11/17/2017 8:25:00 AM
Scratching my head... Is that when you know you have "arrived"? Good enough to steal? Gotta say, I made a little book of my poems years ago and was sorta oddly flattered when asked for another copy because their first got stolen ;) And yes, the colour scheme, bleh! xomo!
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 11/17/2017 8:53:00 AM
I can see why it was hijacked, and indeed how unChristian!
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Lin Lane
Date: 11/17/2017 8:40:00 AM
I'm willing to share if asked. lol at your "arrived" remark, Mo. I'm still climbing with lots of rungs ahead of me. Thanks for the great comments.
Date: 11/17/2017 8:22:00 AM
That is really annoying, Lin, and there is not much we can do. And it's worse if they make it *ugly*.
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Date: 11/17/2017 8:24:00 AM
So much worse, Agnes. When there's not much that can be done we just have to turn the page. Thanks for your thoughts.
Date: 11/17/2017 8:16:00 AM
I've found my stuff plagerised on the web too Lin but i guess as soon as we press the send button it's out in the public domain. I'm glad soup introduced the name and copyright symbol on our poems, but it still doesn't deter folk. PLEASE can you post the original poem , its too difficult to read with the purple font on black:-) hugs jan xx
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Date: 11/17/2017 8:18:00 AM
Isn't it awful to try and read something in such ugly colors? I will add it to this post when I get the chance. Thanks.