Poetry is Written in Words: Forty-Three

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

arrogate : to claim or seize without justification

A heads up –
Cave canem with
big teeth and
primed to arrogate your leg
for his midday snack

shadorma 408 : 6/8/22

gauche : lacking social experience or grace

I still see
your gauche pink lipstick
far too bright
crooked front teeth. I still cringe
at how rude I was.

shadorma 472 : 11/6/22

charisma : a special magnetic charm or appeal

Bland and flat
this conversation
stale crackers
charisma-free in the mouth.
Chew and swallow hard.

shadorma 443 : 8/19/22


“Arrogate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arrogate. Accessed 8 Jun. 2022.

“Gauche.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gauche. Accessed 5 Nov 2022.

“Charisma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/charisma. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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