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FF – The Accidental Plagiarist

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week she also supplied the photo!

To read the other stories for this week, click on the blue froggy.


The waves, with gentle susurration speak to me, as angels’ voices speak of peace…

“You’re on a poetry kick again? It’s rubbish.”

“It’s for a poetry competition.”

“Seriously, it’s mindless pap.”

“Haters gonna hate.”

“Try again.”

“Okay. Water, water, everywhere and all the boards did shrink…”

“That’s better, but it sounds kinda familiar.”

“It’s cool. And then… Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink. I’m sending it.”


“I’m sure I’ve heard it somewhere before. We don’t want a repeat of the last competition you entered. How did it go again?”

I wandered lonely as a cloud…”



Our poet’s “inspiration”:
“I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” (often known as “Daffodils”), William Wordsworth, 1804-ish
“The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, Iron Maiden 1984 🙂 heh heh, or Samuel Taylor Coleridge if your prefer, 1797/8

  1. May 25, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Iron Maiden . . . always good for a(n) epic literary song! Murders in the Rue Morgue, Stranger in a Strange Land, etc. {“Old”} Genesis referenced a lot, too, from Keats/Arthur C. Clarke (if memory serves), Greek myth, etc. Anyway, another funny one, Ali!


  2. May 25, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    I once accidentally plagiarized an entire Chopin Nocturne. I thought I’d written it myself, but my piano teacher recognized it. I was shattered. Thus ended my life as a composer.


  3. May 25, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    I bet it was a dark and stormy night when you wrote that.


    Liked by 1 person

  4. May 25, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    Dear Ali,

    A well versed piece I must say. 😉 Love your (yes) warped sense of humor.




    • May 26, 2016 at 7:19 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      I can’t help thinking other people wrote most of my story this week 🙂
      I’m glad you liked it!


  5. Lyn
    May 26, 2016 at 2:23 am

    LOL true Ali humour 😀


  6. pennydanger
    May 26, 2016 at 2:26 am

    One way to make sure you are not plagiarizing is to send your poem in to be copyrighted. If someone has written it, they will surely let you know (at a price.)


    • May 26, 2016 at 7:20 am

      If this guy did that he’d soon be out of funds and poems both!


  7. May 26, 2016 at 5:06 am

    People do mess you up, in the name of helping you!
    Sad that we allow them to!


    • May 26, 2016 at 7:20 am

      Yes, his original attempt sounded like it was going to be good. And original!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. May 26, 2016 at 7:59 am

    What was it called when George Harrison allegedly did it…. “unconscious plagiarizing?” I wind up doing it much more often than I’d like to admit to… though after 15 billion or so years, there really isn’t all that much that’s original anymore!


    • May 26, 2016 at 8:00 am

      I think I meant subconscious… though given all the drugs involved in rock and roll, I’m sure there was a lot of unconscious plagiarizing going on as well…


      • May 26, 2016 at 11:02 am

        Like, when you wake up after a real bender and find you’ve rewritten Shakespeare on a cocktail napkin.


    • May 26, 2016 at 11:02 am

      Yeah, those dinosaurs wrote all the best stuff. All we’re doing know is copying the triceratops.


  9. gentlestitches
    May 26, 2016 at 10:03 am

    “There is nothing new under the sun”, but the English teacher will not accept that as an excuse not to come up with something original. King Sol was of course wise but I believe originality is still alive and well. I loved your title and your story was hilarious and made me feel real smart and that! o_O


    • May 26, 2016 at 11:03 am

      There’s always something waiting to be written…
      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      Liked by 1 person

  10. May 26, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Hahahaha! Clever!


  11. May 26, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    The most hilarious thing I’ve read was Snoopy. He always starts with the “dark and stormy night” bit and someone advised him to write about a person. So next he writes “He was a dark and stormy knight.” Hilarious. 😀 — Suzanne


  12. May 26, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Good to get a bit of poetry into your poems (that’s from Roger McGough by the way). I just told Rochelle one of her lines is like the Ancient Mariner!
    Good funny stuff – love the dialogue.


    • May 27, 2016 at 9:14 am

      Those poets are good at getting poetry into their poems. Me, not so much 🙂
      I’m glad you liked it!


  13. May 26, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    very funny. i find the title quite original, though. 🙂


    • May 27, 2016 at 9:14 am

      I bet there are plenty of accidental plagiarists out there, though 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  14. michael1148humphris
    May 26, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    Now that last line is my line😀😀😀


  15. gahlearner
    May 26, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    This is great. And I have to listen to Iron Maiden now, I think I missed out on something. With lyrics like that it has to be good. 🙂


    • May 27, 2016 at 9:16 am

      It’s “heavy metal” mind 🙂 Their recent album is very good.
      I’m glad you liked my story!

      Liked by 1 person

      • gahlearner
        May 27, 2016 at 9:34 pm

        I love it! I missed something, gotta educate myself. Gotta get their music. Yay, new music!


        • May 28, 2016 at 5:31 am

          Yay, nice 🙂 I love discovering new music. I even remember the exact day someone introduced me to Marillion so long ago…

          Liked by 1 person

  16. May 27, 2016 at 1:35 am

    Brilliant! 🙂
    “Mindless pap,” eh? (By the way, that is one of my favorite British-isms!)


    • May 27, 2016 at 9:17 am

      Glad you enjoyed it!
      “Mindless pap” is a good saying 🙂 I didn’t think of it as a British-ism, but come to think of it I’ve never heard it on American TV. I hope all my American readers understood it!

      Liked by 1 person

  17. May 27, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    That damn Coleridge! I hate how he stole pieces of that song from Maiden. (One of my favorite Maiden songs from my second favorite album because I felt you really needed to know this about me. 😉 )

    You never disappoint, Ali. Great as always.


    • May 27, 2016 at 1:50 pm

      Yeah, he was such a rip-off merchant! Powerslave is one of my favourite Maiden albums too. Their new one (The Book of Souls) is very good too.
      I’m glad you enjoyed my story!


      • May 27, 2016 at 2:02 pm

        I’ve heard it and yes, it is really good. Best one in a while.

        And I always like your stories. 🙂


  18. Dale
    May 27, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    Over time, many composers have “borrowed” snippets… 😉
    Fun take!


    • May 28, 2016 at 5:25 am

      And occasionally end up having to pay for their “accidental borrowings” 🙂
      I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  19. May 27, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    I must have accidentially plagiarised too. Good dialogue.


    • May 28, 2016 at 5:26 am

      Sometimes I find myself having a great idea for a story, only to realise later it was from Star Trek or something 🙂


  20. May 27, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    This pictures evokes a poetic response and why not use the greats?! I like they way you wove them into your story. Very creative, Ali!


    • May 28, 2016 at 5:29 am

      Thanks! The first thing I thought of was a poem about the sea, but since I can’t write poetry myself… 🙂


  21. May 28, 2016 at 3:13 am

    Great story! I always appreciate dry wit.


  22. May 28, 2016 at 8:17 am

    I say hats off to him for having all that poetry memorised. That’s a starting point at least. Fun story.


    • May 29, 2016 at 6:31 am

      Yes – he’s obviously a poetry reader so he’s on the right track.


  23. May 28, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Maybe it can pass as ignorance, though I doubt it…


    • May 29, 2016 at 6:34 am

      Plagiarism or ignorance of two very well known poems – not sure which is worse!


  24. May 30, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Hee-heee-heee-heeeee! Now THAT’S something different. And very true to life for me sometimes.

    Five out of five albatrosses.


    • May 30, 2016 at 5:36 pm

      It’s amazing how many times I write a little story and the idea behind seems kinda familiar somehow…

      Hmm, if the crew shoots all five of those albatrosses the titular mariner is in for a very bad time 🙂


  25. May 30, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    I’m just sitting here grinning.


  26. May 31, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    I gotta enter into poetry competitions (thoughtful stare )


    • May 31, 2016 at 3:38 pm

      Me too – a bit of Wordsworth here, a snippet of Keats there, change a few words… 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • May 31, 2016 at 3:39 pm

        😊 I like that term. Wordsmith.


  27. May 31, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    So much I would like to say if only I could think of something that hadn’t already been said!


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