by Lawrence J. J. Leonard
Here is the continuation of The Chaos by poet Gerard Nolst Trenité, AKA, Charivarius.
Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, and chair,
senator, spectator, mayor,
ivy, privy, famous, clamor
and enamor rhyme with hammer.
Hussy, pussy, and possess,
desert, but dessert, address.
Golf, wolf, countenance, lieutenants.
Hoist, in lieu of flags, [new] pennants.
River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
doll and roll and some and home.
Stranger does not rime with anger.
Neither does devour with clangor.
Soul, but foul and gaunt but aunt.
Font, front, won’t, want, grand, and grant.
Shoes, goes, does. Now first say: finger,
and then: singer, ginger, linger.
Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, and gauge,
marriage, foliage, mirage, age.
Query does not rime with very,
nor does fury sound like bury.
Dost, lost, post; and doth, cloth, loth;
Job, job; blossom, bosom, oath.
Though the difference seems little
we say actual, but victual.
Seat, sweat; chaste, caste; Leigh, eight, height;
put, nut; granite, and unite,
reefer does not rime with deafer.
Feoffer does, and zephyr, heifer.
Dull, bull, Geoffrey, George, ate, late,
Hint, pint, Senate, but sedate.
Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,
science, conscience, scientific.
Tour, our, succour, four, [and awe]
gas, alas, and Arkansas.
Sea, idea, guinea, area,
psalm, Maria, but malaria.
Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean,
doctrine, turpentine, marine.
Compare alien with Italian,
dandelion with battalion.
Sally with ally, yea, ye,
Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, key, quay.
Say aver, but ever, fever.
Neither, leisure, skein, receiver.
Never guess — it is not safe [Alf]:
we say calves, valves, half, but Ralph.
Heron, granary, canary,
crevice and device, and eerie.
Face but preface, but efface,
phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass [as in all about that…].
Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
ought, out, joust, and scour, but scourging.
Ear but earn, and wear and bear
do not rhyme with here, but e’re.
Seven is right, but so is even,
hyphen, roughen, nephew, Stephen,
Monkey, donkey, clerk, and jerk,
asp, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.
Pronunciation! Think of Psyche.
Is a paling, stout and spikey?
Won’t it make you lose your wits
writing “groats” while [uttering] “grits?”
It’s a dark abyss or tunnel,
strewn with stones, like rowlock, gunwale.
Islington and Isle of Wight,
Housewife, verdict, and indict.
Don’t you think so, reader, rather
saying lather, bather, father?
Finally, which rhymes with “enough,”
though, through, plough, cough, hough, or tough?
Hiccough has the sound of “cup.”
My advice is to give it up!
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