This prompt is kinda, sorta, dumb
though I’m warming to it some;
And while my normal rule of thumb,
Is just to keep a dumb prompt mum,
Here, I’ll beat it like a drum;
Jump head first into the scrum.
You can see my quick-draw rhyme
Will beat the heck out of a mime
Stacking couplets as we climb
Bounded only by the time
My goal of six is quite sublime
E’en if I have to rhyme with ‘slime’
But only now at stanza three;
I’m wondering if six will be.
Rhyming, I should think you’d see,
Has made me rather want to flee.
But I will climb this smooth-barked tree,
And deliver what I said with glee.
Try to pick the best word first,
So the next five lines aren’t cursed.
too few rhymes to be enversed?
Then make one up to slake your thirst! (⬆️)
See? That’s really not the worst;
Just a few of you dispersed.
As I move on to number five,
It seems I may yet stay alive.
Rhyming verse will e’er survive;
It helped that Dr. Seuss guy thrive.
Though I must some lines contrive (⬅️)
In the end, this car will drive (⬅️)
Now I’m finally at the end;
The goal I set most neatly penned.
Quality – I’ll not defend;
It’s not that good – I won’t pretend.
Now I’m close to hitting ‘Send’:
Then other tasks I will attend.
And last but not least, our (optional) prompt. Because it’s Friday, today I’d like you to relax with the rather silly form called Skeltonic, or tumbling, verse. In this form, there’s no specific number of syllables per line, but each line should be short, and should aim to have two or three stressed syllables. And the lines should rhyme. You just rhyme the same sound until you get tired of it, and then move on to another sound. Here’s a short example I came up with.
A toad beneath a log Cares not for storm or fog. He’s not a bee or frog Or a naïve polliwog. No! He’s wise and bumpy. His skin is thick and lumpy. He doesn’t work for money. And his disposition’s sunny.
Skeltonic verse is a fun way to get some words on the page without racking your brains for deep meaning. It’s a form that lends itself particularly well to poems for children, satirical verse, and just plain nonsense.