Laurels & Foolhardy


                     For Billy Collins



He says he counts syllables.

But I don’t think so.


I’ve yet to see something

Written with Mo.


Oh yes, it is funny,

Big laughs as you go.


But rhythm and rhyme

To find in his writing?


Oh no!


A past Poet Laureate,

He’s hit the big grade.


Anything said, they believe

He has made.


So goes the business;

So goes the trade:


The spoils to the Laurels;

The rest, a charade.


I know, it’s foolhardy

To be so ingrate,


But, his ‘counting syllables?’

A bit overplayed!




©2013, Marvin Loyd Welborn

17 October 2013


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