Written for: dVerse poets pub: “Bouts-Rimés Revisted; Meeting the Bar”
Choose a line to write a poem. Use the following 14 words in order as end rhymes of a sonnet:
stay, sits, play, wits, fits, comedy, flits, tragedy, eye, smart, cry, heart, moan, stone
Bouts-Rimés (pronounced Boo-ReeMay) is French for “rhymed ends” and was the name given to a rhyming game that was formulated by an obscure French poet named Dulot from the 17th century. Not much else is known about him.
I tell my young dog that he must stay
in the house. He stares at me, and sits,
not happy, but maybe he will play
with his older sister–a game of wits
in which a toy contains a treat that fits
snugly inside. Watching them is a comedy.
Once, they stopped playing, saw a flit
of light–a bird hit the window. A tragedy
in the making, but the stunned bird opened a eye.
When I get home, my eyes begin to tear and smart
from pillow stuffing. Who did this? I cry.
They hang their heads and melt my heart.
Thinking me angry, the small dog moans.
Just then I spot it, a vase broken in stones.