Poetry is Written in Words: Ten

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

jingoism : extreme chauvinism or nationalism marked especially by a belligerent foreign policy

poison ivy spreads
No jingoism no chants
just relentless green
shining waves of leaves of three
twined in hedges vined up trees

tanka 308 : 6/27/22

patina : a usually green film formed naturally on copper and bronze by long exposure or artificially (as by acids) and often valued aesthetically for its color… (also) : an appearance or aura that is derived from association, habit, or established character

Backstory told in
flaking lichens and thin green
patina. What’s left.
Those new people scrape and buff
do away with even that

tanka 317 : 8/3/22

shard : a piece or fragment of a brittle substance

Glass shard. Clouded green.
I pull it from the shallows.
I stroke its belly
abraded by its travels.
I trust. It curls in my hand.

tanka 323 : 8/14/22


“Jingoism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jingoism. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

“Patina.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/patina. Accessed 3 Aug. 2022.

“Shard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shard. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

4 thoughts on “Poetry is Written in Words: Ten

    • I think green is my favorite color, competing only with yellow. And it has so many personalities. Sea glass is something magic to me, though I’ve never found much, so when I see it, I am excited.

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