Dear Teacher,

I'm sorry to inform you

That I simply cannot write;

When I set myself to do it,

My pen is idle day and night.

All my attempts are fruitless,

No matter how hard I try.

If I have to write a poem,

I think that I might just cry.

So that is what you assign me,

But I say, "This is absurd!

I cannot rhyme at all,

I cannot even rhyme a word!"

I hope you believe me, teacher,

That I can't do what you ask.

I pray that you'll have mercy

And that you'll give me another task.

But please don't ask for poetry!

Please listen to what I say!

For I cannot write a poem.

Not at all. Nope. Zilch. No way.