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Re: No rhyme or reason

Posted by Bob on July 21, 2005

In Reply to: Re: No rhyme or reason posted by Smokey Stover on July 21, 2005

: : : In what sense the word "rhyme" has been used in the phrase "no rhyme or reason"?

: : A rhyme
: : keeps time.
: : When each line-end comes around,
: : Assonant, well-ordered sound,
: : We believe there must be matter, 'n'
: : We take comfort from the pattern.
: : Slave to the beat, we never roam,
: : Enraptured by the metronome.
: : Such a metrical profusion
: : Is a form of self-delusion.
: : Life is messy. It's chaotic.
: : Belief in order is neurotic.
: : (Reality has lousy timing)
: : So I guess I'll keep on rhyming,
: : Imposing order every season
: : Hoping rhyme will pass for reason.

: Is that yours, Bob? Christ, you are an inventive s.o.b. Your answer is a tiny bit cryptic, but it seems right to me. SS

Cryptic only takes a day. Clear takes as much as 6 weeks.