'The Bachlorette'

Brooks gets his second individual date with Desiree and they drive to the top of a mountain. (Angus Muir / ABC / July 9, 2013)

Emily Dickinson. e.e. Cummings. Walt Whitman.

Dear “Bachelorette” contestants: These are just a handful of the hundreds of legendary poets who did not employ rhymes in their work.

That’s right -- you can write a poem WITHOUT rhyming. I know this will come as a shock to some of you -- particularly Chris, who seems intent on courting Des almost entirely via poetry.

After weeks of showering our leading lady with flowery verses, Chris dropped his “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” as Jay-Z would say, on Monday night’s episode. It was titled “Individually Defined.”

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Let me just be clear: If Ryan Gosling wrote a poem called “Individually Defined” and then recited it to me aloud, I would still run from the room while laughing and crying.

But Des did not share my sentiments. No. No, she did not. In fact, she nearly burst into tears upon hearing Chris’ ditty, which went a little something -- nay, exactly -- like this: “I look forward to the unknown / Appreciate your emotion you have shown / And I am also hopeful to see / If in your heart I have found a home.”

OK, I’ll give him credit for that last line. Not bad. Could be a line from a Mumford &d Sons song, but I’ll let it slide. Still, certainly not worth the reaction it inspired in Des, who nearly asked Chris Harrison to bump up the fantasy suite date a couple of weeks.

“You melted my heart -- in a good way,” Des said, her eyes twinkling with tears. She was at dinner with Chris on Portugal’s Madeira Island, where she and Robert Frost had spent the day “chillin’ boat-style, drinking some vino.” Chris’ words there, not mine.

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The boat ride had been filled with kissing and poetry. Joint poetry, in fact. Des, herself a true literary star, kicked things off by suggesting this first line:

“Experiences we share together...”

“...keep the memories close to heart?” Chris suggested.

“I like it!” she replied enthusiastically. Which is an interesting response. Because what exactly do those sentences mean?

Anyway, I’m pretty sure Des and Chris are going to end up together and write a book of poetry that will never, ever be published. She seems totally smitten with him, and the fact that he was the first to drop the l-bomb -- albeit through poetry -- is big.

The way in which Des described her remaining suitors to her “friends” who came to visit her in Portugal was telling, as well. That’s right -- the show flew in three of Des’ closest bosom buddies from Sean’s season, Jackie, Lesley and Catherine, to talk to Des for about an hour by the pool. That’s a pretty sweet deal, especially for Jackie, who I definitely don’t remember whatsoever from “The Bachelor” at this point.

Anyway, Des told her BFFs that Chris is “supportive without having to say anything,” while Brooks is “such a positive person” and Drew is “the best kisser.” (I’m leaving out the other two dudes, because these are obviously the final three.) Judging by those descriptions, I’d say Chris and Drew are her front-runners. She’s obviously crazily attracted to Drew, and that has clouded the vision of many a Bachelor/ette past. And would the first word you choose to describe your future husband to your friends really be “positive”?

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Oh, but those sneaky producers. Trying to convince us that Brooks will be her man. Don’t get me wrong -- their date was good, but mostly because it was visually stunning. The two drove up to the top of Madeira Island and literally had a picnic as clouds drifted by. Yes -- they obviously said they were on "cloud nine" about 3,000 times.

But Des -- whom host Chris Harrison would later remind us had never been to Europe before the show -- seemed more excited about the exotic location than the man beside her. At least she was showing some emotion -- telling Brooks that in terms of skipping, jogging or running to the finish line of love with him, she was already running.