Poetry is Written in Words: Forty-Five

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

broadside : directly from the side

the storm hit
me broadside rolled me
heels over
hairdo when
I came to I sure was in
dire need of a comb

shadorma 451 : 9/14/22

tantamount : equivalent in value, significance, or effect

And this plane ticket?
Tantamount to a bribe. So?
I wash this thought down
with a swallow of coffee.
Dye my hair. Lock the door. Go.

tanka 400 : 2/23/23

obdurate : resistant to persuasion or softening influences

Tangled hair.
Intrepid comb yanks.
knot resists.
Score? A snarl of hair clutched tight
in comb’s gap-toothed grin.

shadorma 514 : 3/22/23


“Broadside.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/broadside. Accessed 14 Sep. 2022.

“Tantamount.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tantamount. Accessed 23 Feb. 2023.

“Obdurate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obdurate. Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

5 thoughts on “Poetry is Written in Words: Forty-Five

  1. I like the decisive tone in each of the poems in this trio. There is recurring theme of grasping the nettle of life when experiencing some kind of aggravation.

    • To me hair and combing hair and hairdos are associated with aggravation and wasted time or trying to keep something orderly that I wonder how important it is. I think this comes from childhood experiences and my impatience with it. So I think the topic lends itself just to what you said, a certain exasperation.

  2. I just read your reply to Laura. Interesting. I had wondered about the recurring hair theme, though I couldn’t help but think of Clarence Thomas with the opening of tantamount. Of course, he has a hair story in his past, too.

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