Poetry is Written in Words: Twelve

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

melancholia : a sad quality or mood : MELANCHOLY

musty in
mossy roof
peeling paint
grayed clapboards fingernail soft
the old house succumbs

shadorma 440 : 8/12/22

grandiose : characterized by affectation of grandeur or splendor or by absurd exaggeration

we moved here
fancy neighborhood
big house with
ambitions we could not meet.
It was a mistake.

shadorma 448 : 9/2/22

countenance : FACE, VISAGE especially : the face as an indication of mood, emotion, or character

The house in sunlight:
a good-humored countenance
it turns to the road

haiku 1067 : 1/23/23


“Melancholia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/melancholia. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

“Grandiose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grandiose. Accessed 2 Sep. 2022.

“Countenance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/countenance. Accessed 13 Jan. 2023.

14 thoughts on “Poetry is Written in Words: Twelve

  1. I am imagining someone looking to move into a new property and visiting some prospective houses. I hope they have the budget for the final house. I think I can smell the melancholy house in my mind’s eye (mind’s nose?)

    • Thank you. As you know, I feel each house is a personality or personage, with its own arc of life. So of course every house has a different story it’s appearing in. There is something sad about a house decaying but also, maybe it was just time for it to rest, I often think. And I also hope the good humored home finds a similar family and they are happy together.

  2. I like how you made these all about houses. I feel sad for the melancholic house–definitely wouldn’t want to live there, but yes to the one with the cheerful face!

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