Phrasing For Fun

Hello!  I taught Gregg Shorthand for years (20+) in a secretarial science program at a two-year college.  I still use shorthand ALL the time.  My favorite lesson was teaching phrasing with this poem ... how many phrases can you make?
I'd rather be a could be, if I could not be an are
For a could be is a may be, with a chance of touching par.
I'd rather be a has been than a might have been by far,
For a might have been has never been, but a has was once an are.

(by bab988 for everyone)