Poetry is Written in Words: Thirty-Two

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

hummock : a rounded knoll or hillock

Then one day
yellow bulldozers
shape hummocks
dig a pond.
Turtles. Dragonflies. Frogs. Snails.
Water lilies bloom.

shadorma 477 : 11/16/22

apropos : with regard to (something) : APROPOS OF

Leaves droop flowers brown
lack of rain.
Another breathless morning.
Hazed sky. Ground baked hard.

shadorma 435 : 7/27/22

teleological : exhibiting or relating to design or purpose especially in nature

Winds blow. Ferns shiver.
Teleological minds
Theorize. Explain.
Winds blow. Ferns shiver. Clouds skip.
Voices call. I don’t ask why.

tanka 382 : 1/10/23


“Hummock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hummock. Accessed 16 Nov. 2022.

“Apropos.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apropos. Accessed 27 Jul. 2022.

“Teleological.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teleological. Accessed 10 Jan. 2023.

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