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Below is the poem entitled I REFUSE TO COUNT SILLYBULLS which was written by poet delysia hendricks. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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There once was a poet who despaired
though blessed with a fair amount of flair
that he was way too thick
to master limericks
counting words an arduous affair 

Limerick-writing he'd master not
count sillybulls, meter and whatnot 
the elusive punchline's
too troublesome to find
with his thoughts roughly tied up in knots

Spatial dimension impediment 
a meter doubled in measurement
at the best of times three 
lopsided prosody
shoddy despite its being eloquent

Sillybulls ignored and miscounted
charge around angrily, discounted
with their hoofs on the slam
they step up the bedlam
bewildering chaos uncounted 

With pep talks and deliberation
resolved:  they're too high 'bove my station
so to rhyme he should stick
and give up limericks
where wordcraft counts naught but summation

*Sillybulls = syllables.  My thanks to Ephraim Crud for the loan of the word.
To Wignesan:  am I stooopid or what???

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  1. Date: 11/28/2013 1:10:00 PM
    Freedom to write write write! Delysia, I love your poem!

  1. Date: 9/14/2013 7:19:00 PM
    Just loitering without intent Licia, this still makes me laugh, I share your view entirely, I never count. Your new avatar is a wow. Take care, Richard

  1. Date: 9/1/2013 10:12:00 AM
    I love this poem. It is great. Thanks for sharing..... Lucilla

  1. Date: 8/11/2013 2:54:00 PM
    Fantastic genius wit. Superb flair indeed:)

  1. Date: 7/28/2013 10:35:00 AM
    WoW!!! my knuckles are almost destroyed after reading this masterful entry... I believe I'll use a syllable counter next time. You're something else, girl.... Love ya dearly..... Jake

  1. Date: 7/27/2013 5:05:00 PM
    You're a sillybull yourself and that's no bull, silly! Love your wit, your sense of humor and you too - Tim

  1. Date: 7/26/2013 4:31:00 PM
    This is absolutely delightful my dear Delysia! If you take a look at my list of posts, you'll find 99.9% are quatrains! LOL "Sillybulls"... love it, only Ephraim could come up with that one... I miss the old bugger! LOL Hugs and happy thoughts, Jack xoxox

  1. Date: 7/26/2013 6:06:00 AM
    Sillybulls reminds me of mine called Poet Tree haha. I thought this was right on. Good meter too, poor poet :'( who ever he was.

  1. Date: 7/25/2013 5:49:00 PM
    PERFECT rhythm! I love your limericks! Super difficult form to tackle, and you nailed it! Well done!

  1. Date: 7/24/2013 9:36:00 PM
    Wow, I can see that you have mastered your limericks, great stuff....Peter

  1. Date: 7/24/2013 6:39:00 PM
    Wow! This is the longest limerick I have ever seen, and I love the subject matter. Thanks for your comments about my poem.

  1. Date: 7/24/2013 3:03:00 PM
    that was cool of Crud to lend you his Silly Bulls!!

  1. Date: 7/24/2013 3:02:00 PM
    this is priceless!! and you know what? people who count each syllable are fools. It should come naturally. You have maintained a good beat, a limerick beat with your poem and just for the fun of it, I counted some of your syllables. they were not always perfect, but the point is that you made RHYTHMIC limericks. That is what counts. So what if it's not perfectly matched up every time? I can't stand when people judge limericks by syllables. IT is somewhat important, but the BEAT is what counts!

  1. Date: 7/21/2013 8:49:00 PM
    This is so delightful and love the bovine play with the 'sillybulls.' You lightened my heart on this Sunday afternoon. SuZ

  1. Date: 7/11/2013 2:06:00 AM
    ROLF! Way to go, homey :-) Love, Su

  1. Date: 6/5/2013 1:45:00 PM
    FAVE. This is just too clever for words! So many hilarious yet eloquent rhymes!

  1. Date: 6/3/2013 12:07:00 PM
    'tain't stooopid D, It's almost a nonsense poem and I am told by my peers that they are among the hardest to write. I enjoyed this write and I found myself so absorbed in it that I was trying to correct it as I read. Love it! God Bless. Dave.

  1. Date: 6/2/2013 3:42:00 PM
    hahaha, this was GREAT. Sillybulls. who'd of thunk it?

  1. Date: 6/1/2013 2:43:00 PM
    Hey Girlfriend! This is a lovely cute write! Those SillyBulls are a pain the ......, but face them we must! ;) Thanks for all your support, sweetie! It really makes my day.

  1. Date: 6/1/2013 12:53:00 PM
    You made my still smiling..thanks....