Poetry is Written in Words: Seventeen

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

lycanthropy : a delusion that one has become a wolf…(also) the assumption of the form and characteristics of a wolf held to be possible by witchcraft or magic

The old moon
sighs It’s not my fault
bloated full
it winces
Lycanthropic humans howl
in discordant grief

shadorma 469 : 10/31/22

sallow : of a grayish greenish yellow color

Those two quarreling
in the streetlight’s sallow glow.
I call the police.

haiku 1047 : 11/1/22

gibbous : of the moon or a planet : seen with more than half but not all of the apparent disk illuminated

the fat gibbous moon
she waxes the night sky slick
you slip into sleep

haiku 1020 : 7/10/22


“Lycanthropy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lycanthropy. Accessed 31 Oct. 2022.

“Sallow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sallow. Accessed 1 Nov. 2022.

“Gibbous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gibbous. Accessed 10 Jul. 2022.

5 thoughts on “Poetry is Written in Words: Seventeen

    • Yes, in that case, one is actually a wolf and then there are a whole new set of problems, or opportunities, as you see them. Including what witchcraft or whatever got you into that state and…if you actually want to go back to human. Because you might be in your true state, finally? This is something I have wondered why the stories don’t considered it.

    • Thank you. I’ve been following these emails years but this year I’m going further in trying to actually use the words. I love learning vocabulary and I’m really enjoying this project.

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