I’m Not Sure This Even Qualifies as a Poem

One two three,
     A tall, tall tree
Four five six,
     Tree’s made of sticks
Seven eight nine,
     This tree is a pine
Ten eleven twelve,
     I’m an oak myself
Thirteen fourteen fifteen,
     Oh wow, you still are counting
Sixteen seventeen eighteen,
     Um…My leaves are green
Nineteen, twenty, twenty-one,
     Okay, I think I’m done
Twenty-two, twenty-three, twenty-four,
     What are you counting for?
Twenty-five, twenty-six, twenty-seven,
     Would you stop if I quit rhyming?
Twenty-eight, twenty-nine, thirty,
     Or maybe if I just completely stop trying to have any poetic rhythm or anything?
Thirty-one, thirty-two, thirty-three,
     Maybe if I stop responding, you’ll get the point?
Thirty-four, thirty-five, thirty-six,

Thirty-seven, thirty-eight, thirty-nine,

Forty, forty-one, forty-two
     Okay, that didn’t work
Forty-three, forty-four, forty-five
     Forty-six
Forty-six, forty-seven, forty-eight
     Forty-five
Forty-nine, fifty, fifty-one
     A billion
Fifty-two, fifty-three, fifty-four
     Infinity
Fifty-five, fifty-six, fifty-seven
     Green monkeys jumping on a trampoline made of tater tots
Fifty-eight, fifty-nine, sixty
     There aren’t even any good rhymes for “sixty.”
Sixty-one, sixty-two, sixty-three
     “Picks Dee”? “Mix tea”?
Sixty-four, sixty-five, sixty-six
     TREES ARE NOT MADE OUT OF BRICKS
Sixty-seven, sixty-eight, sixty-nine
     JUST KEEP COUNTING, IT’S FINE
Seventy, seventy-one, seventy-two
     I REALLY DON’T MIND IF YOU DO
Seventy-three, seventy-four
     …

     

     …Seventy-five?
     …Hello?
     …Why did you stop at seventy-four?
     …You were counting in threes. Seventy-four isn’t a multiple of three.
     …Hello?
Seventy-four pretzels. I have seventy-four pretzels.
     PRETZELS?
     THIS WAS ABOUT PRETZELS?
     Fine.
     Whatever.
     Happy to help with your counting or whatever you brought me in for.
     You’re welcome.
     And for the record, seventy-four is a lot of pretzels.
     Like, why do you have seventy-four pretzels?
     And, why did you need to count them?
     And, maybe count by tens next time? It’s faster.
     Actually, you know what?
Wait…
     mmmffff
     SEVENTY-THREE PRETZELS
     WHO’S COUNTING NOW?

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