What? A Spooky Spam Poem of Danger, Fear, Hope, and Lifeless Faces

It is time to purge the spam queue again! Spam commenters are still gloomy and plagued with existential questions and answers.

I am very proud of the simple and powerful title. What? was a complete spam comment. I even clicked the associated link as it felt so genuine.


there is no danger
If you have no fear.

The sector hopes
it will be famous
I did not expect this.

Lifeless Face 024

not all people realize
un-ambiguity and preserveness

It looked spooky and far-out
do not provide an exact mental picture

Lifeless Face 035

a big, unscrupulous, supercool unyielding drive
this can be the worst
how they believe
is impossible

captivate attentions

unpredicted emotions
were also in close proximity

Lifeless Face 039

people come together and share thoughts
digging into more facts as we speak

It seems too complex
Sit down and do some math on your own

your enthusiasm
reduces the measure of atomic number 8
the proper functioning of machines
you will not be accessible.
unaware of these details

Lifeless Face 022

it seems as though you relied on
particular choices
no I don’t

precious familiarity
thus a classic.

you are my function
spit you out wrong, shriveled, depressed, disturbed or disgusted

thats all I have to say.
Always go after your heart.

Lifeless Face 050

I owe the Lifeless Faces to photographer nottsexminer.  They are available on Wikimedia – I stumbled upon them by searching for spooky.

I build upon his work, so according to the Creative Commons license on Wikimedia:

share alike – If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.

Keep that in mind if you build upon my spam poem 🙂

22 thoughts on “What? A Spooky Spam Poem of Danger, Fear, Hope, and Lifeless Faces

  1. It was good to see your presence on WordPress a couple of days ago. We’ve been watching the news about the floods, thinking of you and hoping you’re safe.

    • Thanks a lot, Michelle, for thinking of me! I am living in a region rather far away from the flooded areas. Here – near the Austrian-Hungarian border – we have been blessed.

      • Good to hear; the news reports say only massive rainfall, land slides and flooding in Austria, without a lot of detail, which left much to the imagination.

        • Thanks again, Michelle! Actually, I was hesitant (a bit) to post the spam poem when everybody was reporting on the flood. I considered writing something about the flood, too, but it would have felt awkward. Probably I am (would be) not very good at that type of journalism, but I would not contribute to those who were “just reporting”. I was not personally involved (nobody I know was in danger), so it would not have felt “honest” to write about it from second-hand TV experience.
          I am not sure if this media hype is helpful as it enhances disaster tourism (which Germany is famous for, as I learned from a discussion with international Google+ friends. I guess this is also true for Austria.) Probably I will write about it when the dust (mud) has settled.

    • Probably it is a wordpress.com thing? However, I need a sample of typically 350 spam comments to find that many ‘postmodern eerie phrases’. Most comments are your usual ‘I am so glad I found your blog’.
      The best spam comments are the very long ones – they seem to be built by robots which throw in some unusal phrases, probably they believe this will fool the spam filter. I am still baffled by the filter’s accuracy – I had a single false positive since March 2012.

  2. Breton’s mystery of coincidence is a convulsive beauty, but some of the images looked as if the designer was well aware of the face. The photographer cheated. There was no accident, except for the words, and perhaps the door knob. Choice is an accident if you do it well. You do with words. (no offense, constructive, yes?)

    • Thanks, Steve – I like your comment, can’t see any offense 🙂
      I leaves me wondering if the engineers who designed or built these things probably added faces unintentionally.

  3. “Always go after your heart” has ominous undertones as a comment (better hided the knives). I love the photos intermixed with the poem, how perfect!

      • The moustache house (#1) is the funniest. Your spammers are so different than my cheer leader squadron of ‘great posts.’ If I ever wanted to know what it felt to be the target of sycophants, I have found my answer. I need some poetic grit to bring in the tension, the yearning, the reason to write a poem! Thus, high praise your spam folder, and the way you make it work!

        • Thanks again – actually I had something like a plan, an idea about a ‘topic’ of this poem. But it turned out otherwise 🙂 Most of the comments are about ‘great posts’ – there are only a few gems. This time the raw material consisted of about 350 spam comments.

            • Less than an hour – I scroll through them fast. I need to switch to a very intuitive mode for creating spam poetry – I am very choosy and delete the comments immediately after processing. I should create a name for that, perhaps: stream-of-consciousness spam poetry processing mode.

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