Poetry is Written in Words: Fifty-Five

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

laden : carrying a load or burden

I remember when
we first came here The laden
van crammed full Now those
possessions long since worn out
and done Where have the years gone?

tanka 428 : 5/10/23

gainsay : to declare to be untrue or invalid

Her words were poison
No one’s left to gainsay it
They’re all dead and gone

haiku 1061 : 12/20/22

wistful : musingly sad : PENSIVE

I thought I would feel
wistful? nostalgic? Instead –
the clock chimes. I go.

haiku 1097 : 4/21/23


“Laden.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/laden. Accessed 10 May. 2023.

“Gainsay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gainsay. Accessed 20 Dec. 2022.

“Wistful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wistful. Accessed 21 Apr. 2023.

4 thoughts on “Poetry is Written in Words: Fifty-Five

    • Yes, in fact, they were written during the moving process. A life transition like this stirs up so many emotions. Sometimes opposite ones at the same time.

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