Friday, April 26, 2013

Friday Fun Day - Crambo aka Bouts Rimés - Scooting

Bouts Rimés means "rhymed ends" in French and is a game or challenge where one person (me) makes a list of rhymed words and others (you) write the lines that end with those rhymes, in the same order in which they were given. It was known as Crambo in English and was quite popular in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Will you help me bring back this hip historical habit?
Shelly Seuss of Los Caped Barbarinos


Above are the words.
Get writing rhyme nerds!
There will be no winner. This is just for fun
and the joy of spreading smiles somewhere to someone.


  1. Passed the others I will zoom.
    Others love to watch me scoot.
    Quickly speeding in my dream.

    My scooter leads to other gloom.
    Winning, not a question moot.
    Never will I lose my steam.

    1. Interesting poem... your scooter leads to gloom? :( Thanks for playing Crambo!

    2. I meant others gloom. As in others being upset as I pass them, in a race. Maybe I didn't write that properly.

    3. Ah... perhaps if you change it to "others' gloom"? :)

    4. Originally I had that. Must have lost it when I copied it over. I wrote the lines backwards on a piece of paper. Then put them the correct way when I transcribed it. Then I slightly modified it o it made sense and must have dropped the 's'.

  2. OK... here's one from me...

    I never really liked to zoom
    Until I started to scoot -
    A bravery building dream
    To squash the lurking gloom -
    But the breeze made my fears moot
    Purging all my stress and steam...

    1. Nice one. Now, did you have this before the words were chosen? "Squash the lurking gloom" - love that line.

    2. Thank you! No, I did not have any of the lines in my head prior to popping online this afternoon to write a poem with the words. (I promise I would tell if even half a line had been in my mind prior.). I chose the rhyme words for the game late last night based on what I thought I might use to describe my scooter love, jumbled the list, finished / scheduled the post, and went to sleep. :-)

  3. Today, we come and go, all about the globe, to the moon, and beyond we zoom-
    It started with a roll, a push, a scoot-
    And maybe the wheel then came in a dream-
    A ray of light in a time of gloom-
    Though the riddle our first machines' exact origins may be moot-
    The desire to go was the initial spark from which we've gathered so much steam-

    1. Thanks for joining in! You can play Crambo any day you want. :)

      I love that last line! "The desire to go was the initial spark..." We are where we want to be. We are the dream we followed. :)

    2. With the weather getting nice, work has been picking up, but I didn't want to let another Friday rhymeday go by without offering up a little something.


Rhyming or not, I would like a lot to hear the thoughts my words brought...