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A Child Jabbers Spondees

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A Child Jabbers Spondees


Its feet are tiny dimeter,
Body, spirit, soul, trimeter,
Would you look at those ears and eyes
Whose tetrameter rhyme defies

Its foot with pentameter toes,
Smelled by monometer nose!
Don’t fret when its iamb voice speaks 
Cheerful quatrains for days and weeks.

Stand still while it jabbers spondee,
In stanzas of metered trochee.
Well, my friend, please do not pretend,
Or you’ll cause more stress at the end.

Each verse it speaks is oh, so sweet
For it’s growing Longfellow feet!
Sit back, relax, put on a smile,
You’ve been zapped by a poet’s grandchild!


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  1. Date: 6/6/2012 12:06:00 PM

    When I click on one of your poems I know it will be truly exceptional James. Thank you for sharing your words with us. I hope all is well with you and yours. I will stop back again soon. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/15/2011 5:37:00 PM

    you are blowing my monomind...simple free verse mind.....LOL

  1. Date: 3/9/2011 12:23:00 AM

    I would sure love for MY grandkids to be little poets. My Hyrum is enjoying writing and is only 8. Maybe he will be the one!