We all know that you can’t rhyme “silver”
but think for a moment of cousin Wilbur
who said the same is true for “orange”
before he left us all to forage
for the laces green and purple
of his Myrtle’s Playtex girdle.
Rhyming silver made me shiver;
rhyming orange paid my mortgage;
purple stunned a turquoise turtle.
*based on the urban myth that there is no word in the English language that rhymes with purple or silver or orange. And I wish any of those rhymes paid my mortgage—but them’s the breaks for a poet.