Poetry is Written in Words: Nineteen

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

garrulous : given to prosy, rambling, or tedious loquacity

tiresome companion
this garrulous bland landscape
its only topic
relentless lines of gray hills
reeling past the train window

tanka 306 : 6/20/22

gargantuan : tremendous in size, volume, or degree : GIGANTIC, COLOSSAL

The monolith calls.
The grim gargantuan cube
shadows a landscape
ill-lit by a timid moon.
The crowd screams as one. Stars fall.

tanka 343 : 10/6/22

emblazon : to inscribe (something, such as heraldic bearings) on a surface

Gray wool horizon
the setting sun emblazoned
on its breast pocket

haiku 1037: 10/2/22


“Garrulous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/garrulous. Accessed 20 Jun. 2022.

“Gargantuan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gargantuan. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

“Emblazon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emblazon. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

2 thoughts on “Poetry is Written in Words: Nineteen

  1. I like the unified colour palette of this trio of poems. The first one is more dreary, of course, and I have had many journeys through similarly drab landscapes. With the other two poems, however, I love that the monochrome, sombre colour is on the cusp of being transformed by light.

    • Thank you. I think the color gray, as a neutral, they say it is, but I think it is actually quite powerful. It is a great foil or a personality on its own, I like the versatility, and by extension how it can operate in writing, too.

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