Dr. Seuss, or: Eminem

The truth finally comes out

I shall now type some lines on a lark (I'm silly);
When I rhyme, my kid begs- Please stop it! No really!

She insists ev'ry day that I cease the abuse;
That my words just annoy; that I'm no Dr. Seuss.

And she's right, I admit, 'bout my quips and puns weak;
Endless reasons to cringe when I verse tongue-in-cheek.

Perhaps I should refrain when she's perched on my lap;
Cuz to tell you the truth, I'm much better at rap!

d’Verse prompt:

Hopscotch with Anapestic tetrameter

Today, at d’Verse we were prompted to write poems with tetrameter โ€” and anapests.

Specifically, we were instructed to hopscotch like children in spring, doing anapests, which means two unstressed syllables, followed by one stressed. da-da-DAM. Anapestic tetrameter means four stressed syllables on each line (so each line has twelve syllables). It’s a form mastered by Dr. Seuss, which my daughter and I are very familiar with.

And, apparently, Eminem also makes use of anapestic tetrameter:


I suck at rap.

100 thoughts on “Dr. Seuss, or: Eminem”

  1. Loved it! I dare say it is your job and mission to make puns and tell dad jokes. If your daughter never is embarrassed by what you say then you aren’t doing it right!! hehehe!

    1. You know, TPS, one of younger brother’s hobbies is creating beats for raps – and he’s been doing it for some time now so he’s quite good. He thinks that if he sticks with it for a few more years, he may be able to do something with it professionally.


        1. currently, he’s only doing it recreationally, but he spends a LOT of time on it. It’s a true passion of his, and he REALLY loves rap and knows a lot about it.

          1. That’s very sweet of you, TPS. My brother and I have a very good relationship, but we’re separated by an ocean and are nearly twenty years apart in age… and our personalities and interests are also pretty different… but we have a very small nuclear family and no other siblings – so I think we’re both very attached to one another in part because of that.

          2. Sometimes I think it is good when the people we are close to are not too similar to us, then they compliment and balance the dynamic. It must be lovely to have close family. I have to constantly apologize for who I am. Yesterday I got lectured on “the real 12 tribes” and vaguely abused. I wouldn’t mind, but I am thoroughly exiled. Oh well! Onwards!

  2. Your daughter sounds like she is a great kid. Don’t worry. Kids are always embarrassed by their parents until they reach an age when they aren’t.

    1. yes, I was thinking that and that maybe David and his daughter will have outgrown it when it gets serious in other cases, round puberty? ๐Ÿ™‚

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