Molly sits on the bed
Not feeling very good.
She’s trying to read
Like every night she should.
Then Mother thinks of what could be the matter,
And then she knows what might.
“What have you been reading
Before bed tonight?”
“Just some poetry.
For me that’s very right!”
“No wonder you’re feeling ill,”
(As Mother examines the book carefully)
“This poetry’s uncooked.
Can’t you see?”
“There are no rhyming words
At the end of every other line,
And just because there’re fancy words
This doesn’t make healthy verse and fine.”
“You’re not feeling well yet,
But I have the answer, dear.
You need to read some edited rhyming verse
Which will make everything real clear.”
Then Molly felt all right that night,
As she took the plunge
Into fully cooked poetry,
She read all the poems one by one.
— Charles B. Mayes
Uncooked Poetry © 2015 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.
With this entry, I take a lighthearted jab at non-rhyming poetry. However, we can use many styles of poetry to get messages across that touch persons, sometimes very deeply.
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