Poetry is Written in Words: Fifteen

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

heartstring : the deepest emotions or affections —usually used in plural

Heartstrings coiled and wrapped.
A ball of deep red fibers.
Knit love. I knit love.

haiku 1024 : 8/5/22

boondoggle : a wasteful or impractical project or activity often involving graft

you pronounce
my knitting project
a big old
I say you’re just big old peeved
it’s not knit for you

shadorma 489 : 12/30/22

deleterious : harmful often in a subtle or unexpected way

Fast and furious
I go. Deleterious
high speed reckless joy.
This needle sews a short seam.
Fate bites off my thread. I rise.

tanka 371 : 12/22/22


“Heartstring.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heartstring. Accessed 5 Aug. 2022.

“Boondoggle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boondoggle. Accessed 30 Dec. 2022.

“Deleterious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deleterious. Accessed 30 Dec. 2022.