Poetry is Written in Words: Seven

Poems from my Merriam-Webster Word of the Day project. For more information, look here.

sensibility : peculiar susceptibility to a pleasurable or painful impression (as from praise or a slight) — often used in plural

The gray cat stalked off
sensibilities rubbed raw
by substandard fare.
The tabby cat had no such
refined tastes. Both dishes cleaned.

tanka 328 : 8/27/22

adjure : to urge or advise earnestly

Adjured to listen
in Survive the Feline class
the know-it-all mouse
sneered. As if any cat could!
Next class, his seat was empty.

tanka 330 : 9/3/22

onus : a disagreeable necessity : OBLIGATION

The cat says:
My house. My comfort.
The onus
is on you.
Good grub. My bowl. Twice a day.
Or else. You got that?

shadorma 459 : 10/4/22


“Sensibility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sensibility. Accessed 27 Aug. 2022.

“Adjure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adjure. Accessed 3 Sep. 2022.

“Onus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/onus. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

2 thoughts on “Poetry is Written in Words: Seven

    • You know, I was thinking the same thing. Maybe sometime I will go through all my collections and see what I come up with. I think it would be fun to immerse myself in the subject, maybe I could illustrate it too.

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