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  1. about 1 hour ago on That is Priceless

    The syllables are flexible, but the underlying beat structure is not. You have the rhyme scheme right – AABBA, and the beat pattern is 4 4 2 2 4, (with the 4th beat often occupied by a natural pause like a comma or period rather than a word.)

    What’s important is how the syllables line up with the beat – that the accented part of the word falls correctly on the beat, that there are not too many or too few for the correct alignment, and that once set up in the first line, the pattern is consistent. (It’s easier to see if it’s notated musically but cant be done here in the comments.) Basically it’s the same structure underlying the nursery rhyme Hickory-dickory-dock.
  2. 2 days ago on That is Priceless

    Ew. ;-)

  3. 2 days ago on That is Priceless

    It’s fine – fits the 6/8 rythm exactly, but depends on the reader to innately hear the written start of the last line as the implicit last two beats of the line above it – those two syllables are serving as an upbeat for the last line. Parsing that is not a universal reading ability.

  4. 8 days ago on That is Priceless

    After hiring Marie Curie, Baron Frankenstein was able to manufacture a much-improved line of radium-powered Brides.

  5. 11 days ago on That is Priceless

    hmmm – athropod, well…

    Those Rabbi’s and Imams and all

    See a meal only fitting for Baal

    Cook no arthropod

    on their hearth of God

    for prawns are neither parve or halal

  6. 13 days ago on That is Priceless

    Himself a work of fiction, as was Laura Lee Hope, putative authoress of the Bobbsey twins series

  7. 21 days ago on That is Priceless

    He may pose as a Patron of the Arts

    Soon enough, though, his interest departs

    And the wife hopes the fiddler

    Will sneak away and diddle her

    While her porcine spouse snores, drools, and farts.

  8. 21 days ago on That is Priceless

    “I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMilo…”

  9. 21 days ago on That is Priceless

    Let me add in a good word or two

    For the artworks of old Buggeroo

    Not surprising at all

    That he hangs on your wall

    For you’ve good art taste out the wazoo.

  10. 23 days ago on That is Priceless

    Now matter how fancy the sash is, it can’t disguise that fact that your cannon is a strap-on.