Sunday, November 6, 2016

2288. I shoulder not done it

I guess I forwent proper etiquette
When I grabbed the beat cop by his epaulet
He wrote me a ticket,
I told him to stick it
And followed that up with an epithet.

I broke a poetry rule above.  Can you spot it?


  1. Hmmm, I could be wrong, but shouldn't the stressed syllable of the rhyming words in Lines 1.2 and 5 begin with a different letter (consonant?) of the alphabet, and end with the same letter of the alphabet?

  2. That's really close, Suz. The rule is, "the final STRESSED syllables must all rhyme -- not just the last syls. Maybe that is what you were saying...

    I used 'et' in L1, but 'ep' in L2 and L5.

    I try never to do it (unlike many of those folks who send them to AWAD) but occasionally (like today) I find it necessary to cheat.

  3. Yes, I left out the word 'final.'

    Your verse still sounds good despite the 'cheating' because those last words in Lines 1, 2, and 5 have similar vowel placements, their stressed and unstressed syllables are in the same place, and they all end in a 'T' sound (even though it's not stressed). Nice job!