Poetry is Written in Words: Thirty

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

duress : law : compulsion by threat

under duress I
said I was sorry although
I wasn’t but if
I held out Mom would not let
me go back outside and play

tanka 310 : 6/29/22

pathos : an element in experience or in artistic representation evoking pity or compassion

Doomed lovers
play out destiny
on the screen
I feel it
The pathos of their parting
The three of us weep

shadorma 433 : 7/24/22

endemic : characteristic of or prevalent in a particular field, area, or environment

Sheath dresses
endemic back then.
Sherbet tints.
Big party –
twelve tables of bridge players.
I can’t locate Mom.

shadorma 494 : 1/23/23


“Duress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duress. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

“Pathos.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pathos. Accessed 24 Jul. 2022.

“Endemic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endemic. Accessed 23 Jan. 2023.

5 thoughts on “Poetry is Written in Words: Thirty

  1. The first one makes me think of a scene in Anne of Green Gables, because I re-read it recently.
    The second one made me laugh. I’m sure I’ve seen that movie. 🙂

    My mom didn’t have or go to gatherings like that, but I’ve seen scenes like that.

    • Ah, Anne of Green Gables! A favorite of mine from the past. As for bridge parities, my mom attended and hosted lots of them. Nerve-wracking in so many ways for the entire family!

  2. The forced apology – the kiss and make up. I hated those! And the last one – my parents played Bridge and had the club over every couple of months. I loved when they hosted! We got to have the leftover “Bridge mix” and any Pepsi that wasn’t consumed. That was quite the treat!

    • The dreaded words : Go to your room until you can say you are sorry…As for bridge, my mom belonged to a group and they played in the afternoons. We had to do a bog cleaning when it was her turn to host. Guest towels in the bathroom and all…

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