Poetry is Written in Words: Fifty

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

laconic : using or involving the use of a minimum of words : concise to the point of seeming rude or mysterious

In the dusk
the lichened statue
finger raised
lips parted.
Laconic graveyard whispers.
We had hoped for more.

shadorma 453 : 9/17/22

lackadaisical : lacking life, spirit, or zest : LANGUID

inside the brown bag
a lackadaisical pear
only slightly bruised

haiku 1096 : 4/14/23

languid : lacking force or quickness of movement : SLOW

languid teenager
drags the trash can to the curb
one shoelace untied

haiku 1038 : 10/3/22


“Laconic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/laconic. Accessed 17 Sep. 2022

“Lackadaisical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lackadaisical. Accessed 14 Apr. 2023.

“Languid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/languid. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

2 thoughts on “Poetry is Written in Words: Fifty

  1. You’ve chosen three of my favourite words and that has me pondering whether I am just drawn to the initial L sound – though my most favourite word of all is “pendulous”. The last poem could be inspired by any one of my four teens. I really love the combination of “lichened” and “laconic” in the first poem.

  2. I’ve always loved lackadaisical. I think it’s the k sound. Hmm I don’t know what is my favorite word. I’m going to be thinking about this.

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