... this is verse, and it's free

by Russ Priestley

Now Class, to the tune of "Home, Home on the Range."...

Poems, poems are strange
when they are put on display.
And never is heard a rhyming word,
'though you study and parse 'em all day.

To be a bard is really not hard,
but requires some effort and time.
You juggle all words and be en garde
to do it with meter and rhyme.

Of course, some will write freely
(to which I am strongly averse)
a mass of words, but now really,
as poetry, it's widely diverse.

When my girl and I married,
we were one of four couplets.
All the others proved barren,
but us, we had sex-



May 3, 2002

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