Poetry is Written in Words: Twenty-One

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

doughty : marked by fearless resolution : VALIANT

Cake mixer
and a stiff batter
Roll up sleeves
get to work
The doughty old motor hums
The beaters churn. Done.

shadorma 474 : 11/11/22

abdicate : to cast off : DISCARD

as cake to sawdust
when salt withdraws its savor
when flour drops substance
when sugar becomes resolved
to abdicate its sweetness

tanka 365 : 12/5/22

ineluctable : not to be avoided, changed, or resisted : INEVITABLE

Lots of compliments –
The ineluctable prize –
Blue ribbon! Spice cake
so good the judge cut a slice
to take home. Bravo! Bravo!

tanka 369 : 12/18/22


“Doughty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/doughty. Accessed 11 Nov. 2022.

“Abdicate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abdicate. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

“Ineluctable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ineluctable. Accessed 18 Dec. 2022.

5 thoughts on “Poetry is Written in Words: Twenty-One

    • Well, you know that cake is always going to be a top item on my list of foods! And for some reason I seem to find so many different ways to “serve” cake in my poetry!

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