|Mistress Quickly is a tease
she reels off prompts with the greatest of ease,
prompts to inspire and prompts to please
but yesterday she went too far
with rhyming words – a list bizarre–
for us to use in any way we choose.
Two hundred and fifty-nine to be precise.
I’ll say it once, I’ll say it twice: no dice.
But keep ‘em coming anyway,
it does all poets good to play.
I don’t think I’ve used any of your words
but if I have, please sheath your sword,
I do not want us to come to blows.
If I’ve offended, I’ll send a rose.