In days of yore, you might befriend
A pal on whom you may depend.
But now the be will not append
And thus the verb is merely friend.
Ill hardly claim purport pretend
To understand or grasp this trend
Of taking rules, which then suspend
Restrictions on how words may blend.
Is this perhaps what folks intend?
Tis silly, so much time to spend
On trifles! Yet I will extend
One courtesy to recommend:
That poems still reach a rhyming end.
| Don Munday