Poetry Friday: Rhymes Are Hard to Come By

When I featured Eve Merriam’s poem How to Eat a Poem a couple of weeks ago, I came across another poem of hers. I thought the wordplay was so clever and full of imagery. While we’re at it, I included the music video of Owl City’s song Fireflies for a little “rhyme music.” The lyrics of the song are just as wonderful, and the video is perfect for a nerd like me. Poetry Friday round-up today is hosted by the lovely Irene Latham of Live Your Poem.

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Catch a Little Rhyme
by Eve Merriam

Once upon a time
I caught a little rhyme

I set it on the floor
but it ran right out the door

I chased it on my bicycle
but it melted to an icicle

I scooped it up in my hat
but it turned into a cat 

I caught it by the tail
but it stretched into a whale

I followed it in a boat
but it changed into a goat

When I fed it tin and paper
it became a tall skyscraper

Then it grew into a kite
and flew far out of sight…

by Owl City

You would not believe your eyes
If ten million fireflies
Lit up the world as I fell asleep

‘Cause they’d fill the open air
And leave teardrops everywhere
You’d think me rude
But I would just stand and stare

I’d like to make myself believe
That planet Earth turns slowly
It’s hard to say that I’d rather stay
Awake when I’m asleep
‘Cause everything is never as it seems

‘Cause I’d get a thousand hugs
From ten thousand lightning bugs
As they tried to teach me how to dance

A foxtrot above my head
A sock hop beneath my bed
A disco ball is just hanging by a thread

Leave my door open just a crack
(Please take me away from here)
‘Cause I feel like such an insomniac
(Please take me away from here)
Why do I tire of counting sheep
(Please take me away from here)
When I’m far too tired to fall asleep

To ten million fireflies
I’m weird ’cause I hate goodbyes
I got misty eyes as they said farewell

But I’ll know where several are
If my dreams get real bizarre
‘Cause I saved a few and I keep them in a jar

Fats is the Assistant Manager for Circulation Services at the Wayne County Public Library in Wooster, Ohio. She considers herself a reader of all sorts, although she needs to work on her non-fiction reading. Fats likes a good mystery but is not too fond of thrillers. She takes book hoarding seriously and enjoys collecting bookmarks and tote bags. When she is not reading, Fats likes to shop pet apparel for her cat Penny (who absolutely loathes it).

7 comments on “Poetry Friday: Rhymes Are Hard to Come By

  1. Oh, I haven’t read this one in a while! My favorite stanza is the one about starting small and stretching into a whale. I love when that happens! Thank you for this.


  2. And I love the bicycle melting into an icicle…
    And the fireflies song and video are gorgeous…


  3. ‘Cause I’d get a thousand hugs
    From ten thousand lightning bugs
    As they tried to teach me how to dance

    How lovely is that! Thanks for sharing these, Fats!


  4. It isn’t often we find verse about fireflies so joyfully being in our lives. I don’t know this Fats. It’s wonderful. I know the Eve Merriam, who is always great. Thank you for the happy post!


  5. This must have been the week for song lyrics! Fun!


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