Poetry is Written in Words: Eight

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

defile : to make unclean or impure: such as : to corrupt the purity or perfection of : DEBASE

No footprints
defile the carpet
But I see
a small mouse
stretched out stone dead center. So –
ghost cat strikes again.

shadorma 468 : 10/27/22

sustain : KEEP UP, PROLONG

For how long
can the cat sustain
this façade
of chilly
displeasure? Answer: until
he gets tired of it.

shadorma 479 : 11/26/22

charlatan : one making usually showy pretenses to knowledge or ability : FRAUD, FAKER

The cat wails and writhes.
What a charlatan he is.
All right. Here’s your food.

haiku 1065 : 1/9/23


“Defile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/defile. Accessed 27 Oct. 2022.

“Sustain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sustain. Accessed 9 Jan. 2023.

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

9 thoughts on “Poetry is Written in Words: Eight

    • Thank you. Our cat is good at catching mice and I really give him credit since he does it one-eyed and with a gimpy hip. Most of our cats have been good at it, but I think my first cat was the best – or maybe my apartment building at the time just offered a lot of opportunity.

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