A Poem About How To Rhyme When Writing A Poem

When trying to rhyme, it isn’t a crime
To use the same word twice
Or thrice or quatrice
Quatrice is not a real word
But it isn’t all that absurd
To make up words
If you poetate with a valid license
But never poetate without a license
Otherwise people won’t be able to tell
That poetate is not meant to be potato
And you just can’t spell

And when I’ve lost my muse
A simple ruse is to overuse
Poetry to express my views
But I often confuse the rules
Of the various forms
Though it isn’t a crime not to rhyme
And when you rhyme, it isn’t a crime
To use the same word twice
Or thrice or quatrice or even quintice

It’s better to say twice twice
Than say rice, if rice has no context
Any more than mice or lice
And frankly it isn’t nice to talk about lice at all
But though it is not a crime to rhyme
Twice with twice
It is perhaps a vice to use twice thrice
Though to use thrice twice is less of a vice
And my advice with any literary device
Is to be concise
Using thrice twice will suffice

Not all poems have to be killer
Some of them will be filler
To write is to be a word distiller
And say pretentious things like
“I’m a word distiller”
Poets aren’t trying to write a thriller
Thrillers are best served by a novel
Or a screenplay
Or a stage play
Poetry is ill-suited to thrillers
Even a thriller that’s principally about
Crimes committed with rhymes
But when you rhyme, it isn’t a crime
To use the same word twice
Or thrice or quatrice or quintice or even sextice
Although sextice does sound a bit naughty
And potentially quite thrilling

  28 comments for “A Poem About How To Rhyme When Writing A Poem

  1. September 23, 2020 at 5:08 am

    But if you only say twice once
    You may sound like a dunce.

    Liked by 2 people

    • September 23, 2020 at 7:10 am

      I’d sound like a dunce if it earned me a bunce

      Liked by 1 person

  2. September 23, 2020 at 7:21 am

    Oooh, the ode-ious rhymes,
    An audacious amount,
    All working double time, oftentimes,
    Criminally too many to count!

    Liked by 2 people

    • September 23, 2020 at 7:27 am

      More rhymes than I need?
      Guilty I plead
      And I’ll concede
      It’s hard to read
      Aloud at great speed

      Liked by 3 people

      • September 23, 2020 at 7:31 am

        I’m left spluttering
        My answers stut. stut. stut. stut
        Oh well, I’ll answer late late later.

        Liked by 2 people

  3. September 23, 2020 at 7:44 am

    It’s funny, I see names on here with the words “writer” or “poet” after their name. And I can’t help thinking “crikey, they must be bad if nobody can figure that out from reading their material”.

    Liked by 3 people

  4. September 23, 2020 at 8:13 am

    That’s nothing short of brilliant! Great job.

    Liked by 1 person

    • September 23, 2020 at 10:48 pm

      Thanks, and thanks for the reblog

      Like

  5. September 23, 2020 at 8:17 am

    Reblogged this on Poddys on WordPress and commented:
    This is an excellent play on words from Jame Proclaims. He has a great way with words, enjoy.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. September 23, 2020 at 9:37 am

    Very fine work, you berk.

    Liked by 1 person

    • September 23, 2020 at 10:52 pm

      Hmmm, I may have to drop my pseudonym briefly to alert you to the fact that you have accidently hit upon my actual (and somewhat unfortunate) surname. Different spelling but undoubtedly the same sound. So I am very much a Birk.

      Liked by 1 person

      • September 24, 2020 at 7:42 am

        Equally sadly, I was already aware of that and it wasn’t an accident, which in my Bear-of-little-brain world (population:1), made it a ‘double clever with a cherry on top’ comment.

        Liked by 1 person

      • September 24, 2020 at 8:07 am

        In which case, touché. But weirdly it was the second time I heard berk as an insult yesterday and it’s not generally one that crops up very often.

        Liked by 1 person

      • September 24, 2020 at 8:47 am

        Mrs S uses some other interesting variations from the thesaurus. I can list them if you like–or would you like to maintain your family rating?

        Liked by 1 person

  7. September 23, 2020 at 9:42 am

    If you can make up words-ze
    To make things rhyme-ze
    Everything is easy

    😉

    Liked by 3 people

    • September 23, 2020 at 10:53 pm

      Don’t tell everyone or they’ll all start doing it!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. September 23, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    An ode to lice would have been nice.
    Misaligned creatures, who rarely get features.

    Liked by 2 people

    • September 23, 2020 at 10:59 pm

      Or maybe mice with lice
      Who eat mostly rice
      With added spice
      And the occasional slice
      Of something nice

      Liked by 2 people

  9. September 23, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    Gosh, you’re a regular word distiller.

    Liked by 3 people

  10. September 23, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    This is my favorite! And while I love all your haikus (and that one tanka) this one takes the cake. Twice twice.
    You are downright funny… 😁

    Liked by 2 people

    • September 23, 2020 at 11:03 pm

      Thanks – I was quite pleased with this one

      Liked by 2 people

  11. September 27, 2020 at 1:01 am

    You are a clever, clever man, James. That one must have been fun to write, right?

    Liked by 1 person

    • September 27, 2020 at 7:41 am

      It was a lot of fun

      Like

Comments are closed.

<span>%d</span> bloggers like this: