Poetry is Written in Words: Forty-Seven

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

titivate : to make smart or spruce

a new crowd of friends
titivates the living room
boredom taps its foot

haiku 1033 : 9/13/22

recondite : difficult or impossible for one of ordinary understanding or knowledge to comprehend : DEEP

She takes a sly pride
So-called recondite insults
she thinks I don’t catch.
I do. So I changed the locks
on the door of our friendship.

tanka 384 : 1/14/23

impromptu : made, done, or formed on or as if on the spur of the moment : IMPROVISED

Impromptu ally
Meddling brother turns best friend
What does he want now?

haiku 1076 : 2/18/23


“Titivate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/titivate. Accessed 13 Sep. 2022.

“Recondite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recondite. Accessed 14 Jan. 2023.

“Impromptu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impromptu. Accessed 18 Feb. 2023.

2 thoughts on “Poetry is Written in Words: Forty-Seven

  1. I like the running theme of (re)evaluating relationships. My favourite of the three is the middle one because I love your metaphor of changing the locks. Fantastic. You also taught me a new word again: recondite.

    • Thank you. Once again, I knew the word recondite but for some reason associated it with medieval monks (don’t even ask me how or why that happened, it’s bizarre even to me). I’ve always thought of changing the locks as a way to express how I feel about someone or something that in the past I let in but now I want to keep out. It seems to express perfectly how I feel.

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