Poetry is Written in Words: Eleven

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

vocation : a summons or strong inclination to a particular state or course of action

the bird’s call
before the sunrise
In the dark
I heard it
and answered: my vocation
set in that moment

shadorma 407 : 6/7/22

quibble : to evade the point of an argument by caviling about words…BICKER

In a dark scribble
pick-a-fight late-night quibble
the moon flies a verb
into the fractious cloud-slurred
ears of a jealous sybil

tanka 307 : 6/22/22

volition : the power of choosing or determining : WILL

like a sleepwalker
stumbling down a broad dark hall
her story advanced
not of its own volition
but with dangerous results

tanka 349 : 10/23/22


“Vocation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vocation. Accessed 7 Jun. 2022.

“Quibble.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quibble. Accessed 22 Jun. 2022.

“Volition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volition. Accessed 23 Oct. 2022.

3 thoughts on “Poetry is Written in Words: Eleven

    • You know, I have liked all qu words since we had neighbors named Quinn when I was really young and learning to read, I found the whole sound/look of the letters intriguing for some reason and ever since I have liked qu words. And quibble is great with its double b and then the l sound, it seems just as fussy as the thing it means.

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