Very Little Gravitas Indeed

Farkleberries--yes, there is such a thing!

Farkleberries–yes, there is such a thing!

Fiddlehead ferns and farkleberries,
frolicking fun in dictionaries.
Farcical foodie festivity,
flagrantly fragrant felicity.

Rutabagas, rotund, rakish,
rollicking words like razorfish,
ravishing romance, ranuculi—
learn what they mean, or how to lie.

Artichokes, albacore, aperitifs.
Anisette, aubergine, tomato aspic,
Apple pan dowdy, ambrosia divine,
chill out and enjoy with a glass of fine wine.

If you’re a word addict such as I
finding new words gives you a high.
Webster invites you to grab his book.
Find something new—don’t be a schnook!

Written to NaPoWriMo’sDay 4’s prompt. I ran across the word farkleberries in the dictionary a while back and knew that someday I had to use it in a poem.
I’m getting a head start on dVerse Open Link Night. The bar opens Tuesday, 3:00 PM EST. Come by for a shot of poetry.


29 thoughts on “Very Little Gravitas Indeed

  1. Okay, so I love to read the dictionary also. It’s so hard to do with the online tools. I just want to leaf thru pages to see what’s there, with online you have to know what you’re looking for…. Did you mean ranunculi not ranuculi. Sent me to the dictionary! I loved “Artichokes, albacore, aperitifs.” The words themselves sound tasty. Thanks.


  2. This is such frackleberrying good fun.
    Thanks for this cheery post.


  3. Renee Espriu says:

    Love this Victoria! What fun! I love words but just wish my memory was good enough to catch them. I try writing them down but alas I need more time and energy. Thank You!


  4. Other Mary says:

    Oh what a delight your wordie, foodie lines are! Lots here to sink one’s teeth into! 😉


  5. Sabio Lantz says:

    Hilarious and great message.
    Having learned several languages and having to memorize words for years on end, I am a little less enamored with building a vocabulary, as their is no end. So sometimes say things plainly is also a great pleasure now. But I do love language — am reading yet another book on the History of English — fascinating mongrel — thus a huge, redundant, affected vocabulary. 🙂


  6. M.A.S. says:

    I love “learn what they mean, or how to lie.”


  7. Suzy says:

    So many new words here for me to learn. But it was a fun read and it flowed well. Loved it.
    dropping by from dVerse


  8. Rallentanda says:

    Well fark me schnookette…farkleberries indeed!:) Are you an Aussie?


  9. rmp says:

    first, I do so love the word farkleberries. I believe I might have to spend some extra time in the F’s. this was quite a fun read.


  10. What an elixir of words! Frantically fantastic !


  11. Pamela says:

    Victoria, this made me smile. What a lovely romp through words. Well done, and that ending made me laugh “shnook”.



  12. Kim Nelson says:

    Reading this just made me happy!!! Thank you, Victoria!


  13. wolfsrosebud says:

    fun to read aloud… made me smile


  14. ayala says:

    I love finding new words too. 🙂 nice 🙂


  15. how much fun playing at words…love it! We have a segment on our local radio station about new words etc…love listening it’s always great to find a new one!


  16. viv blake says:

    I just love every syllable of this farrago, and am waiting for someone to offer me a helping of Apple pan dowdy, preferably augmented with Cornish clotted cream.


  17. Laurie Kolp says:

    Love the alliteration throughout this wonderful list poem. I’m the same way about discovering new words.


  18. Couldn’t agree more – lovely fun this is.


  19. brian miller says:

    ha, not only fun to discover new words but also the vibration in my lip from all those F’s…and my tongue from the R’s…haha…words are def cool…


  20. claudia says:

    haha…i love discovering new words as well… what an adventure trip and very cool allits here victoria


  21. janehewey says:

    great word rollick! particularly fond of anisette, aubergine, and aspic. : )


  22. This was so much fun to read!


  23. Mary says:

    I must say I love the words you chose, Victoria. And most of all I enjoyed the word ‘shnook,’ which I use as well, but not in poetry. (But maybe I should?)


  24. The thesaurus is my fast friend!


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