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.
One of the things I enjoy most about my Kindle is the dictionary feature. If your bring the cursor to a word in the text, the definition pops up at the bottom of the screen. Hit “return” and it takes you to an expanded expose of the various meaning of the word. .. wonderful feature for word-addicts like those of us who write.
This morning as I was reading a bit of the Bible, there was a footnote on the word SPIRIT. Because I’m interested in biblical exegesis and the Hebrew root of things, I went to the footnote to see which Hebrew word for soul (there are five, if I remember correctly) John (or whoever wrote that gospel) used. When the cursor landed on “SPIRIT” and the definition appeared, it drew me in, so I had to explore. I knew there would be a number of definitions and I was right. Here are just a few of them:
the non-physical part of a person that is the seat of emotions and character; the soul;
a part regarded as the person’s true self and capable of surviving physical death or separation;
such a part manifested as an apparition after their death–a ghost;
a supernatural being;
short for the Holy Spirit;
qualities regarded as forming the definitive or typical elements in the character of a person, nation, or group or in the thought and attitudes of a particular period;
a person identified with their most prominent mental or moral characteristics or with their role in a group or movement;
a specific emotion or mood;
a person’s mood;
the quality of courage, energy, and determination or assertiveness;
the attitude or intentions with which someone undertakes or regards something;
the real meaning or the intention behind something as opposed to its strict verbal interpretation;
strong distilled liquor!
Wow; all of that in one word!
For today’s prompt, let’s write a poem, essay or short fiction that revolves around the word SPIRIT. Take it wherever you like. If you choose to participate:
Write your submission and post it on your blog;
Access Mr. Linky at the bottom of this post and add your name and copy the direct URL of your post into the link;
Visit and comment on the work of other participants…there are not too many so it shouldn’t be a huge task;
Enjoy the process of writing and reading.
I’m still having some challenges with my back, but we’re working on that, so excuse me for not being too “present” in the world of blogging these days. I will be posting at dVersePoets’ Meeting the Bar tomorrow and hope to see you there. It is a great place to share poetry and friendship. I may need to vary the days that I do my weekly “Write2Day” entry so expect a bit of the unexpected. Thanks for being a part of the creative SPIRIT that happens here in the world of blogs.
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