Poetry is Written in Words: Twenty-Nine

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

Luddite : one of a group of early 19th century English workmen destroying laborsaving machinery as a protest…broadly : one who is opposed to especially technological change

No Luddite,
I just like the feel
of the pen
writing out
notes in looping cursive ink
stacks of index cards

shadorma 434 : 7/26/22

bombast : pretentious inflated speech or writing

My boss and bombast
Condense the hot air she blows –
Tropical typhoon

haiku 1066 : 1/11/23

assiduous : showing great care, attention, and effort : marked by careful unremitting attention or persistent application

Your fingers
squeezing the pencil
blunted tip
pressing hard
with assiduous slowness
you scrawl a squashed “4”.

shadorma 450 : 9/5/22


“Luddite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Luddite. Accessed 26 Jul.2022.

“Bombast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bombast. Accessed 11 Jan. 2023.

“Assiduous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/assiduous. Accessed 5 Sep. 2022.

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

  1. All three poems are great but the first one made me chuckle. My husband and kids call me a Luddite all the time because I often prefer the analogue approach to things, including handwriting instead of typing.

    • There is a lot to be said for the digital ease of so many things, but… for me I am really glad I have a lot of old fashioned skills. Somehow it is calming to me to be working things out with my hands rather than thinking about it

      • That is precisely how I feel about it. There are many things I use digital for because that is the most effective tool. There are other things, however, where analogue and manual is best for my brain. For example, lists have to be handwritten because the muscle memory of writing it becomes an actual aide memoire.

  2. I do all my writing on the computer–except for lists and notes. I like to do that with pen and paper. Tons of little scraps all over my table. 😂

    • I mostly use the computer, but…I also handwrite a lot too, I feel like it helps me think better (I always have clearer thought processes when I am participating in them vs. just thinking). Plus I love pens and paper.

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