Exercise in Pessimism

by SAMUEL YELLEN
WHAT rhymes with hope?
Not dawn, not dream,
Not star, nor gleam,
But grope and dope,
And mope and rope:
That rhymes with hope.
What rhymes with wish?
Not love, not health,
Not fame, nor wealth,
But squish and swish,
Poor fish and pish:
That rhymes with wish.
What rhymes with life?
Not joy, not long,
Not wine, nor song,
But fife and knife,
And strife with wife:
That rhymes with life.
And so for truth,
The rhyme is tooth;
And for tomorrow,
The rhyme is sorrow.
Then lose not your season
Seeking reason,
Nor waste your time
To find a rhyme.