Because words really count with Mama Zen, she asks us not to use more than 80 of them per poem.
I wrote what I thought would surely be fewer than 80 words, and it came out to 91. Just a stroke of luck that removing two lines made it 80.
words that count with mama zen
won’t go up to nine or ten
what she wants today is eight
eight or eighty, not eighty-eight
the thing about eight that’s really great
is: lots of words will rhyme with eight
I can write them on my slate
Wikimedia photo, Portugal,
by Adam Jones, Kelowna, BC
or else pile them on my plate
my appetite I soon will sate
if I just think of number eight
let’s go swinging on the gate
or stuff the cats into a crate!
Wikimedia photo of unmanned level crossing, linking Silt Road to Badgeney End, UK.
Photographer Stan Wray recalls hurting his head on this gate when swinging on it as a child.