Poetry is Written in Words: Twenty-Eight

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

bravado : blustering swaggering conduct

Burst of bravado.
Spewed a few bald truths. Wigged out
in other words. Oops.

haiku 1058 : 12/10/22

hyperbole : extravagant exaggeration

So they say. But I
discard the hyperbole
Trim its frayed loose ends
Free up the truth. Skeletons
in her closet want to talk.

tanka 346 : 10/17/22

perspicacious : of acute mental vision or discernment : KEEN

How we have missed her
the perspicacious insights
the tart tell-the-truth
that balanced our sugared lives
All lost to us now. We mourn.

tanka 339 : 9/21/22


“Bravado.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bravado. Accessed 10 Dec. 2022.

“Hyperbole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyperbole. Accessed 10 Oct. 2022.

“Perspicacious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perspicacious. Accessed 21 Sep. 2022.

8 thoughts on “Poetry is Written in Words: Twenty-Eight

  1. “Perspicacious” is one of the words my mouth really struggles with. Something about the sounds and syllables makes my mouth stumble. The first two poems seem like companion pieces in that they are both about the exposure of truth, things hidden being brought into the light.

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