Too Far Back in the Poem to Count

I awake at three in the morning
the magic hour
and go downstairs to find
some way to use this gift of extra time
Ten Things I Hate About You is free
on Roku
that’s cool
so that becomes my background movie
while I scroll through Eff Bee
and write a poem – this poem
and now Heath Ledger is singing
“I love you, baby!” as he dances his way
across the bleachers – up and down –
and I try to imagine who he’d be now
if he was still with us here
and you’d think there’d be something
somewhere in here that rhymes
time rhymes with rhyme, but it’s too
far back in the poem to count
sometimes free verse is what it’s all about
-Karen Molenaar Terrell

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