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Old 09-07-2011, 08:42 PM
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Please read the whole thing, I need help.

I posted on Lisa's limerick contest, and since I have a limerick that I wrote in 2nd grade (at the bubble-tea store in the International District, by the way) that I really like, I posted it. This is it:
There once was a man from Peru
Who carried his milk in his shoe
He'd walk for an hour
His feet would turn sour
And the cattle would all say PU!

A couple people commented saying that they'd heard it before. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm absolutely NOT mad at them, at all. I had this discussion with one of them, and at first I thought she saw it on my profile. She responded that she saw it in a poetry book. So I looked it up, and there's "Old Man from Peru" by Edward Lear, but the content of the limerick had nothing to do with mine. So I told her that she must've meant that, and that I had no idea the poem existed. Today (or last night...?) she told me that it was all the same except for the last line, which she couldn't remember.
Remember, not mad at her. I'm just really sad, and confused, because I might have plagiarized by accident. I've never, in my entire life, heard another poem like mine, so purposeful plagiarism is out. I'm just banking on a HUGE coincidence. I'm really upset, and I need some advice on how to DEAL with this. What do I do?

By the way: I looked up "man from peru" on a huge poem database, and only found the one result.
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:11 PM
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WHAT????????

Okay, think this way. Your poem is your own work. If someone questions it, let them show you the proof. You never did anything wrong. And if someone accuses you, tell them that.
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:04 PM
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No you just wrote a good limerick

There was an Old Man of Peru,
Who never knew what he should do;
So he tore off his hair,
And behaved like a bear,
That intrinsic Old Man of Peru
~ Edward Lear
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:06 PM
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That's terrible! But I know you know you didn't plagarize. But that's still very weird that someone thinks you plagarize
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Old 09-07-2011, 11:50 PM
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I know that they don't think I did it on purpose.
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Old 09-08-2011, 12:15 PM
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The only one I know like that is:

There was an old man from Peru
Who dreamt he was eating his shoe
He woke in the night
To a terrible fright
And found it was perfectly true!
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Old 09-08-2011, 02:25 PM
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This is really weird... lots of old men in Peru, I guess.
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Old 09-08-2011, 03:29 PM
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My conclusion -

All people in Peru are mad, elderly males that do such obscure things us poets cannot help but write limericks about them.
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Old 09-08-2011, 04:23 PM
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Hey, by the way, rebecca, you should think of some more thoughts of the day. :P
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Old 09-08-2011, 06:58 PM
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Okay, it's been resolved as creepy deja vu.
Agh. My knee hurts because I opened my laptop and pinched it.
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