Poetry is Written in Words: Twenty-Two

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

alleviate : to partially remove or correct (something undesirable)

two in the morning
the restless fall into sleep
a heavy downpour
the heat alleviated
window open curtains damp

tanka 321: 8/11/22

caucus : a closed meeting of a group of persons belonging to the same political party or faction usually to select candidates or to decide on policy

Family caucus
rattle the windows raucous
Chaos? It’s all us.

haiku 1036 : 9/25/22

spiel : a voluble line of often extravagant talk : PITCH

and I’m not buying
you loud bird
and your spiel
outside my bedroom window
Give it a rest. Please.

shadorma 461 : 10/8/22


“Alleviate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alleviate. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

“Caucus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/caucus. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

“Spiel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spiel. Accessed 8 Oct. 2022.

7 thoughts on “Poetry is Written in Words: Twenty-Two

  1. That last poem resonates with me because I feel like birds and chipmunks are never louder than when I actually have the opportunity to sleep in. It’s like they know and are determined to thwart me.

    • I really like that word raucous and as soon as I saw the Word of the Day was caucus, well, it all just fell right out of my head on to paper.!

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