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Bouts-Rimé, S’il Vous Plaît

Bouts-Rimé, S’il Vous Plaît

written by: Elizabeth Palmer Kellogg



Through the alphabet she wound –
skimming, searching, avoiding the easy exit,
embracing her potential so pregnant
with poetry. But not hearing a sound.

No iambic came. Not a cardinal
song. Not a word. Not a chance.
Not one thought to advance.
Yet a student so faithful,

so driven by rhythm to choose
the heart-beat-beat of her drum –
just the right verse that on some
quiet night will light the fuse,
ignite the fire, uncover the cover
and starry her sky: poems without number.

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