Friday, March 16, 2007

Poetry Thursday: Defined

"Twas brillig, and the slthy toves..."
Oh wait, that's Lewis Carroll!
For this week's Poetry Thursday prompt we were invited to find words that we didn't know the meaning of, choose a favourite and write a poem defining it. I turned to "Mrs Byrne's Dictionary of Unusual, Obscure and Preposterous Words". It was hard to resist peeping at the definitions. But I did come up with quite a long list of strange words - too many to restrict myself to one. Hence my poem which attempts to define "Zythepsary" includes quite a number of the other words. It will be interesting to check the meanings and find out how much nonsense I've written.

Despite being as busy as ever, I really wanted to take part in this prompt. So it was rather hastily written, ten minutes at bedtime one evening gathering words and ten to fifteen minutes last night putting them together. And now it's Friday morning, but after all it is still Thursday in the USA so I'm not really too late. (And for a bonus, my Wednesday post was about poetry, too).

Zythepsary

Book of secrets
I dare not put it
with the other books
It sits in a dark corner
In sunlight it might become
velivolant, the unicorns, greffiers
and monachals that adorn
its cover might kick up their heels
tardigrade, might escape
into the room, a fanfaronade
of creatures around my bed.
I am quisqous - I dare not
open the cover
lest I drown in its
fimetarious pages

More strange words here

10 comments:

Norma said...

This is really great. I don't know any of the words, but you've built a level of mystery and excitement.

My PT is up.

Deb R said...

Oooh, I love this! The whimsy of it is just wonderful. And you have a bunch of words in there I don't recognize. In one way I hope you'll do a follow-up about what some (or all) of them mean and in another I just want to go on imagining what I think they sound like they should mean!

Kimberley McGill said...

I can't imagine the mess if I had tried to use all these words in a poem ---- aaaaaaah! But you have done it very well. - It didn't feel forced or contrived - its as if the words belong exactly as they are.

Pip said...

Words to eat, words to run your hands over, words to throw around or hold close. Great poem! I hope you were eventually able to track down the meaning of all those words...

Crafty Green Poet said...

Simply fantastical!

chiefbiscuit said...

What fun. By my troth, some scrumptious words are embedded in that poem!

Mary said...

I really liked this. I'll have to get a coy of that book, too. It sounds just like something I would like. I love the images of unicorns and animals I've never heard of before.

Though it was hasty, it was good.

paris parfait said...

Excellent, imaginative poem! Well done, you!

paris parfait said...

Excellent, imaginative poem! Well done, you!

Jone said...

So fun! I liked reading it aloud.