Poetry is Written in Words: Nine

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


luscious : richly luxurious or appealing to the senses

She knits him sweaters.
Luscious poison ivy green.
How that wool does itch.
Coincidence? I think not.
He doesn’t think so either.

tanka 383 : 1/12/23


fortuitous : FORTUNATE, LUCKY : coming or happening by a lucky chance

yarn shop show window
fortuitous passing glance
the perfect green yarn
a pyramid of citron
I go inside and buy it

tanka 378 : 1/5/23


immutable : not capable of or susceptible to change

Canned spinach
on my plate. A pile
of warm green
oozing slime.
My revulsion is complete
and immutable.

shadorma 442 : 8/18/22



Attributions:

“Luscious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/luscious. Accessed 12 Jan. 2023.

“Fortuitous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fortuitous. Accessed 5 Jan. 2023.

“Immutable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/immutable. Accessed 18 Aug 2022.

Poetry is Written in Words: Eight

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


defile : to make unclean or impure: such as : to corrupt the purity or perfection of : DEBASE

No footprints
defile the carpet
But I see
a small mouse
stretched out stone dead center. So –
ghost cat strikes again.

shadorma 468 : 10/27/22


sustain : KEEP UP, PROLONG

For how long
can the cat sustain
this façade
of chilly
displeasure? Answer: until
he gets tired of it.

shadorma 479 : 11/26/22


charlatan : one making usually showy pretenses to knowledge or ability : FRAUD, FAKER

The cat wails and writhes.
What a charlatan he is.
All right. Here’s your food.

haiku 1065 : 1/9/23



Attributions:

“Defile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/defile. Accessed 27 Oct. 2022.

“Sustain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sustain. Accessed 9 Jan. 2023.

“Charlatan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/charlatan. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

Poetry is Written in Words: Seven

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


sensibility : peculiar susceptibility to a pleasurable or painful impression (as from praise or a slight) — often used in plural

The gray cat stalked off
sensibilities rubbed raw
by substandard fare.
The tabby cat had no such
refined tastes. Both dishes cleaned.

tanka 328 : 8/27/22


adjure : to urge or advise earnestly

Adjured to listen
in Survive the Feline class
the know-it-all mouse
sneered. As if any cat could!
Next class, his seat was empty.

tanka 330 : 9/3/22


onus : a disagreeable necessity : OBLIGATION

The cat says:
My house. My comfort.
The onus
is on you.
Good grub. My bowl. Twice a day.
Or else. You got that?

shadorma 459 : 10/4/22



Attributions:

“Sensibility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sensibility. Accessed 27 Aug. 2022.

“Adjure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adjure. Accessed 3 Sep. 2022.

“Onus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/onus. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

Poetry is Written in Words: Six

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


debunk : to expose the sham or falseness of

The cat leaps.
The vase falls. His sense
of balance
now debunked
he picks his way through the shards.
You scold. He ignores.

shadorma 419 : 7/1/22


apposite : highly pertinent or appropriate

The mouse runs.
Apposite response.
Effective.
The cat springs.
Apposite response. Much more
than just Effective.


shadorma 420 : 7/2/22


litany : a sizable series or set

Butter left out. Soft.
Cat leaps on counter. Lick-fest.
Greased paws ramble print
sink and floor. Repeat. Repeat.
Repeat. Kitchen litany.

tanka 324 : 8/16/22



Attributions:

“Debunk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/debunk. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

“Apposite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apposite. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

“Litany.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/litany. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

Poetry is Written in Words: Five

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


encapsulate : to enclose in or as if in a capsule

White darkness
encapsulates us
the exits
sealed up tight
the snow blows the cold rattles
the windows. Winter.

shadorma 473 : 11/8/22


dreidel : a 4-sided toy marked with Hebrew letters and spun like a top in a game of chance

Winter holidays:
A car wears a menorah
Three wise men bear gifts
Front yard dreidel greets the street
Santa Claus waves from next door

tanka 370 : 12/19/22


annus mirabilis : a remarkable or notable year

Oh I hope
raw red winter sun
I may live
in your rays
an annus mirabilis
full of gratitude

shadorma 490 : 1/1/23



Attributions:

“Encapsulate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encapsulate. Accessed 8 Nov. 2022.

“Dreidel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dreidel. Accessed 19 Dec. 2022.

“Annus mirabilis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/annus%20mirabilis. Accessed 1 Jan. 2023.

Poetry is Written in Words: Four

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


prescience : foreknowledge of events

why the tree leafs out
despite prescience of winter
and bare black branches?

haiku 1015 : 6/21/22


conciliate : APPEASE

My hands in wool gloves
the numbing cold of winter
To conciliate
stiff tight fingers I clench them
Open them. They are not fooled.

tanka 332 : 9/7/22


abide : to remain stable or fixed in a state

the old tree hiding
in vain. Winter abiding
teeth bared and biting

haiku 1042 : 10/22/22



Attributions:

“Prescience.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prescience. Accessed 21 Jun. 2022.

“Conciliate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conciliate. Accessed 9 Sep. 2022.

“Abide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abide. Accessed 22 Oct. 2022..

Poetry is Written in Words: Three

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


sumptuous : extremely costly, rich, luxurious, or magnificent

sumptuous conceit
a tight dress of green velvet
you paid too much for

haiku 1010 : 6/6/22


decorous : marked by propriety and good taste : CORRECT

Decorous pink dress.
Home sewn. It went wrong. Too tight.
Too short. On purpose?

haiku 1041 : 10/13/22


jejune : devoid of significance or interest : DULL

The style of the dress:
jejune. The fabric: flimsy.
All I could afford.

haiku 1055 : 11/25/22


genius : showing or suggesting great cleverness, skill, or originality : BRILLIANT

Numbers penciled in.
Quick sketch. Genius idea.
Now the dress will fit.

haiku 1064 : 1/4/23



Attributions:

“Sumptuous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sumptuous. Accessed 6 Jun. 2022.

“Decorous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/decorous. Accessed 13 Oct. 2022.

“Jejune.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jejune. Accessed 25 Nov. 2022.

“Genius.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/genius. Accessed 4 Jan. 2023.

Poetry is Written in Words: Two

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


rash : marked by or proceeding from undue haste or lack of deliberation or caution

four children
a split-level house
in-laws, cats,
meals, spats, bills –
results of a rash promise
made in other times

shadorma 444 : 8/22/22


obliterate : to make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or wearing away

Snow obliterates
volition Suspends time in
a white blur We wear
pajamas all day We rest
and enjoy the change. Snow day!

tanka 334 : 9/10/22


vandalize : to subject to vandalism : DAMAGE

The worn brick facade
The blistered paint on the door
Vandalized by time
yet the house is still graceful.
It called to me. I came home.

tanka 366 : 12/8/22


conundrum : an intricate and difficult problem

Beat the conundrum
Fall in with the march of time
Your best set of sticks
Put them in play. The rhythm
steps you forward. Answers roll.

tanka 380 : 1/7/23



Attributions:

“Rash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rash. Accessed 22 Aug. 2022

“Obliterate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obliterate. Accessed 10 Sept. 2022.

“Vandalize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vandalize. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

“Conundrum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conundrum. Accessed 7 Jan. 2023.

Poetry is Written in Words: One

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


invective : insulting or abusive language : VITUPERATION

Dawn at the bus stop
pelted by the invective
of a rain-soaked crow

haiku 1032: 9/12/22


interlocutor : one who takes part in dialogue or conversation

The middle crow said
Go-between since we were eggs.
Interlocutor
of our threesome. That’s me. Now
I quit. You two work it out.

tanka 348 : 10/20/22


catercorner : in a diagonal or oblique position

Draw the line
on the map. The crow
flies a straight
quick connect
our two catercorner homes.
We walk. Our road twists.

shadorma 470 : 11/4/22


ascetic : austere in appearance, manner, or attitude

the crow as human
(if he’d ever stoop to it)
judge in courtroom robes
his scornful ascetic gaze
doubting our testimony

tanka 381 : 1/8/23



Attributions:

“Invective.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/invective. Accessed 12 Sept. 2022.

“Interlocutor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/interlocutor. Accessed 20 Oct. 2022.

“Catercorner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catercorner. Accessed 4 Nov. 2022.

“Ascetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ascetic. Accessed 8 Jan. 2023.