When the teats on the cows
were so tight, and the balls
on the bulls were just right;
when the corn danced tango
on the ass of a pig;
when the rat consorted
with the goat and then birthed
ghoulish vermin, I woke!
image: Joan Miró, “The Tilled Field” (1923)
I love Dr. Seuss and read so many of his stories over and over to my kids when they were small, always using different voices as I read them. This one, “Horton Hatches the Egg” was one of their favorites (or was it one of my favorites?):
Björn is today’s host for dVerse’ Meet the Bar. Björn says:
So today I would like you to try your hands at anapestic tetrameter form, you can do it with rhymes or without. You can break up your 12 syllable lines, and add little flaws. It can be funny or stark, but listen to the hopscotch rhythm and after a while you’ll be hooked.