Poetry is Written in Words: Forty-One

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

extradite : to deliver up to EXTRADITION : the surrender of an alleged criminal usually under the provisions of a treaty or statute by one authority (such as a state) to another having jurisdiction to try the charge

The extradition
of the splintery old fence
into the workshop.
Future fancy furniture
the sentence. The saw blade whirrs.

tanka 313 : 7/25/22

overwhelm : to overcome by superior force or numbers

Cracked molar.
Ground down by hard work
six decades
and counting
not yet overwhelmed but close.
Please call the dentist.

shadorma 445: 8/25/22

fustigate : to criticize severely

Fustigate the pests
she said. Meant fumigate. Oops.
They cry. They don’t die.
Then… they move out. The reason?
Hostile work environment.

tanka 352 : 11/2/22


“Extradition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extradition. Accessed 25 Jul. 2022.

“Overwhelm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overwhelm. Accessed 25 Aug. 2023.

“Fustigate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fustigate. Accessed 2 Nov 2022.

9 thoughts on “Poetry is Written in Words: Forty-One

  1. I don’t believe I have ever come across the word “fustigate” before. Thanks for the education and the delightful poem the word inspired. I also enjoyed the connection between the first two poems – the effects of time and labour on something but, of course, one gets to be recycled/upcycled and gain a new life and the other is (I hope) going to meet its end in the tools of a dentist.

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