To Rhyme is Divine

dismissive champions of free verse
are wont to scorn and even curse
us bards who like our poems to rhyme
as ignorant of thoughts sublime

but unlike bingeing on YouTube
rhyme makes us solve a Rubik’s cube
not plastic squares of red and yellow
but grey matter, like hardened jello

yes rhyming schemes can lead astray
the messages we thought we’d say
but hanging in there we might find
what comes instead can be divine

what flows can often bring surprise
regardless if it’s truth or lies
and if our words are very smart
they’ll find a path into one’s heart

– Paul Raworth Bennett

(inspired by the words of Jericho Brown, guesting on the Poetry Off the Shelf podcast episode “The Truth Sometimes Rhymes” – segment between 10:00 and 11:30)