Rhyme #1: ‘Its use is not a burden’

By on Jul 23, 2017 in Poetry

Old-fashioned pen with star overlay

Its use is not a burden but a clue
There’s something after it, or me, or you.
Rhyme can also make hot arguments

Hop along, less hot, or harsh, or sad;
Or, bind some disparate thoughts, as if they had
A common quality of resonance.

Young boys may have their soldiers, girls their dolls,
But plastic playmates make for lonely souls;

Twins have each other, though, and the delight
Of tickling each other’s feet all night,

Even the thought of which might be enough
To thwart, in part, the flesh-inflicted curse
Suggesting things are here to share, like love,
A night, a couplet, or the universe.


Widely published both stateside and abroad, James B. Nicola has several poetry awards and nominations to his credit. His nonfiction book, Playing the Audience, won a Choice award. First poetry collection: Manhattan Plaza, 2014, available at sites.google.com/site/jamesbnicola. Second collection: Stage to Page: Poems from the Theater, to appear in June of 2016. A Yale grad and also a stage director, composer, lyricist, and playwright, his children’s musical, Chimes: A Christ­mas Vaude­ville, premiered in Fairbanks, Alaska, where Santa Claus was in attendance on opening night.