This poem is in the form of a Word Ladder for Autodidactics.
Autotutor : Tooterado --------- . --------- Rock Rock : Rock Tock Tick Tock : Rock Sock Awe Toe : Two Tor Too Tor : Awe Toe Rock Tock : Tock Rock Tick Tock : Rock Sock Awe Toe : Two Tor Too Tor : Awe Doe Awe Toe : Too Tor Awe Toe : Two Tor Too Tor : Awe Toe Two Tor : Awe Doe Rock Rock : Tock Talk Talk Tock : Tick Tock Awe Toe : Two Tor Two Tor : Awe Doe .
Word Latter Poetry may be an unfamiliar poetic form, so perhaps I should say more about it.
There is a kind of puzzle called a Word Ladder in which you start with a given word, and produce a sequence of words by changing one letter at a time, until you come to a final word that is in some sense the opposite of the starting word.
I've liberalized the rigid rules of word ladders puzzles and adapted it to poetry so that one starts with some simple sing-song phrase and gradually morphs it to something interesting. In the word latter poem, Autotutor Tooterado, there was an added wrinkle that to the left and right of the "reflector" the phrases are mirrored in some interesting (if vague) way.
I sent this puzzle to Wil Shortz, the NY Times and NPR Puzzlemeister, suggesting it as a challenge. If you look up the bio page on Wil Shortz on the NPR site, it says he lives in a Tudor style house and drives a sports car. So I proposed he take Autotutor : Tooterado and morph it into a 3-syllable word ladder reflector poem that ended with OddOldTudor : TwoDoorAudi.
Here is another one...
Ring Ding : Ding Dong Sing Song : Ping Pong Bomp Romp : Camp Lamp Home Dome : Long Bong Word Bird : Herd Gird Nerd Furd : Chez Curd Bump Rump : Hump Dump Rink Dink : Tank Sank Nite Nite : Wink Wink Frog Clog : Camp Sink
And here is one that a friend of mine called a 'Brain Gym for Autistics and Dyslexics'...
Brain Gym : Train Him Blue Rock : Wind Sock Speckled Clod : Clip Clop Black Stone : Smokey Groan Yellow Pebble : Wisdom Gavel Green Mound : Lichen Bound Red Clay : Lovers Play Gray Tablet : Spirit Inhabit Color Lesson : Rainbow Gladden
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