Saturday Scribes Writing Prompt – July 25th

To Rhyme, or Not To Rhyme?

The Theme for this week is POETRY.
But, there’s a twist – or three.

This week’s challenge was inspired by a dilemma faced by our erstwhile singers at a recent choir practice, which involved people arguing over which verses of a (rather longish) song to do.  The problem was, the lyrics were all rather horrible.  The rhymes in particular were downright unethical – by which I mean, torture of the ears and tongue was involved merely in speaking them aloud.  Which made me think about the fate of so many poor words, once full of grace and beauty, that have over the years been trammeled into the muck of hackneyed insipidness through misuse or overuse.  And so, your task this week, brave writers, is to rescue those poor words from the depths of cliché hell, to bring them back from the brink of meaninglessness, to recapture the majesty and power these words might have once wielded.  Actually, most of the words on their own aren’t in that bad shape, it’s when they’re combined in rhyming couplets and triplets that they meet their worst fate.

Your quest – should you choose to accept it – is to take three rhyming words (the cheezier the rhyme, the better), and use each of the words in a context that (a) doesn’t rhyme them with other words, and (b) tries to recapture some innate beatific quality of the word that may have been lost over time.

Now, this does not mean you can’t submit a rhyming poem – as usual, the form of your creative endeavour is completely up to you.  The only rule is that you can’t rhyme the words to each other, or to other similar sounding words.  You also don’t have to submit a poem – the theme of poetry can be interpreted however you see fit.

The following are examples only.  You can pick one of these, or you can make up your own set of three rhyming words (just make sure if you choose the latter, that you list the three words somewhere at the beginning or end of your post, so people know what you were getting at).

Triad Examples:

  Moon, June, croon
  Rain, plain, Spain
  Arise, lies, surmise
  Bees, knees, please

   …you get the idea.

As always – have fun!  Be brave. Go where no writer has gone before.
And the usual reminders: Please remember to include the permalink to your post, and don’t panic if your comments don’t show up right away – they’ll all reappear in good time.



  1. Paul Darcy said,

    July 26, 2008 at 6:59 am

    My three rhyming words were: cat, mat, hat.

    So, naturally what came to mind was a Seuss vs Frankenstein situation in an X-Files episode set to a Joss Whedon musical score with overtones of A Clockwork Orange . . . naturally.

  2. ellefire said,

    July 26, 2008 at 8:38 am

    I got quite a few of the suggested rhymes in, and used the Tanka form of poetry

  3. ichthusfish said,

    July 26, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    Ironically, it took me far longer to think of a title for this than to actually write it. My rhyming triad: Dust, Rust, Must

  4. desert rat said,

    July 26, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    (obviously feeling the need for a walk in the country; this weekend saw far too many hours clocked behind the wheel of a car)

  5. Carol Anne said,

    July 27, 2008 at 6:51 am

    This was a fun assignment. I did part one, but did not make any serious rescue attempts. There’s a bit of craziness here, though, if not much beauty or profundity.

  6. Grondzilla said,

    July 31, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    I have to admit that this last few times I’m a bit freaked out by what the cosmic radio keeps sending me…but what the hey…free therapy is free therapy, right?

  7. mimosaeffect said,

    August 1, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    To quote Graham Greene:
    “Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those, who do not write, compose, or paint can manage to escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic fear, which is inherent in a human condition.”

    And William Styron:
    “I’m simply the happiest, the placidest, when I’m writing, and so I suppose that that, for me, is the final answer. … It’s fine therapy for people who are perpetually scared of nameless threats as I am most of the time.”

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