Once upon a time, poetry was, first and foremost, an exercise in rhyming.
In fact, most literati besmirch the humble rhyme, calling it a ‘hard sell’ if you want to submit such a gasping, grasping creature for publication. And yet, it is still the form of poetry with which most children forge their first connection to the art. So maybe because of that early exposure, the simple rhyme still catches my attention and dictates my own words.
I enjoy the rhythm. The beat. The way it catches the heart and propels the reader forward.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I love the other kind as well. But the small poetry-beast in me that was first enticed forward to sample this marvelous dance of words and ideas and musicality in the form of nursery tales, still pricks its ears forward in the presence of rhyme.
And sometimes…the little beast doesn’t just sample; it stays to consume the entire meal.