Word of the Day: The Imperial Edict

BRIEF: Pick a word, the more obscure the better, and then write a six line verse that includes it.

knout
\ˈnau̇t\
sometimes ˈnüt
plural: knouts

a flogging whip with a lash of leather thongs twisted with wire used (as in czarist Russia) for punishing criminals.

The Imperial Edict

normal pain, it seems, never enough for them
flogging so passé, instead a knout comes out;
poisons are a poor man’s game, make time
for elegant pomades that stun, desserts to maim
as in amongst the chaos of historical refrains
no-one expects Imperials to lose...

Word of the Day: The Moment

BRIEF: Pick a word, the more obscure the better, and then write a six line verse that includes it.

hardihood
/ˈhɑːdɪhʊd/
noun: dated

boldness; daring

The                                                                              Moment

strength misplaced, leached wood, cross walls
hardihood apparent by an absence, called away
as clock clicks, nameless hum abates, in a space
confidence vacates, arrogance adheres, falls
hardly stained, crumpled, intensive corrosion
reminder not ever enough, the broken, moment

Word of the Day: Yarn

BRIEF: Pick a word, the more obscure the better, and then write a six line verse that includes it.

filature
/fil-uh-cher/ -choor/
noun: French Medieval

the act of forming into threads

Yarn

not best for binding, perhaps too plain for show
does it matter presently which way to weave
as long as filature surrounds, combines belief:
tell this story properly, reject embroidery of fact
and when they all stand back, unpicking a view
it becomes apparent what truth reaps, it sews.

Word of the Day: And You Are…?

BRIEF: Pick a word, the more obscure the better, and then write a six line verse that includes it.

elocation
/el’o’ca´tion/
noun: obsolete

departure from the usual state; an ecstasy.

And You Are?

watching the white bred flails, hands wringing, trying
not to let both truth and understanding have their day:
let’s whitewash both away, in a tidal wave, tsunami
of inappropriate ideas, flags and protection deals
meant only to ensure the richest bigots stay in charge
until new elocation of ethnicity’s writ, extra large...

Word of the Day: Embrace

BRIEF: Pick a word, the more obscure the better, and then write a six line verse that includes it.

dendroid
/ˈdɛndrɔɪd/
adjective: Biology

(of a plant, marine invertebrate, or structure) tree-shaped; branching.


Embrace

take my hand, dendroid embrace, before this parting
as new moments spread, emergent, basked in morning
blessed binding of ourselves to truth, as nature, bursting
forth towards an apex, fertile conflagration, grasping
need to be more than this is apart, without the hurting:
tree-shaped passion, bloom, within my heart.

Word of the Day: Except the Few

BRIEF: Pick a word, the more obscure the better, and then write a six line verse that includes it.

caitiff
/ˈkeɪtɪf/
noun: archaic
caitiff; plural noun: caitiffs

a contemptible or cowardly person.


Except the Few

All this is owned by pallid, caitiff fools, in charge
hidden atop a tower built in cold, dark stone:
surrounded by their entourage, spineless and unwilling
repeating same, unpleasant chants within their name;
nobody stands to gain, except those few, waiting below
cultivating difference, optimism, sapience to grow...

Word of the Day: What Matters Most

BRIEF: Pick a word, the more obscure the better, and then write a six line verse that includes it.

brabble
/brab-uhl/
obsolete verb
(used without object) brab·bled, brab·bling.

to argue stubbornly about trifles; wrangle


Step Away

Step away, let the Hellsite brabble, today instead travel
direct democracy, alter everything fools do and say:
elevate yourself above the rabble, prove that truth
matters more than promising you’ll make a change;
this is the deed that truly channels hope
get off your arse today, then go and vote.

Word of the Day: Step Away

BRIEF: Pick a word, the more obscure the better, and then write a six line verse that includes it.

baragnosis
/bar-ag-noh-sis/
noun: pathology

loss of the ability to estimate or perceive the weight of an object


Step Away

no idea what this is, I am, staring at a mirror
without lies, as decision’s made to take inside;
baragnosis finally equates a truth to space
right place within dysmorphia’s abode. Accept
all that’s ever possible, yourself as this, as is
step away from judgement, ease the load.

Word of the Day: You Think

BRIEF: Pick a word, the more obscure the better, and then write a six line verse that includes it.

albocracy
from the latin albus (“white”) +‎ -cracy
noun

governance by white people, especially Europeans

[Additional Notes] Today was a grim day for women’s reproductive rights in the USA. As many of my friends live and work in the US or are living in the UK, it is depressing in the extreme to watch this play out. There for the grace of Deities go us… This was my reaction.


You Think

… this is a victory, their democracy, belief of right to life
each unborn child a man’s concern, every one that might
one day be turned into a warped idea of a second son:
that albocracy must maintain its hold, at whatever price
all those others will be forced to pay. Except, today, this is
all proof we require, to know all thought is only for the self …

Word of the Day: An Absence of Willpower

BRIEF: Pick a word, the more obscure the better, and then write a six line verse that includes it.

abulia
/əˈbuːlɪə/
noun: aboulia

an absence of willpower or an inability to act decisively


An Absence of Willpower

guilt rolls around a tongue, spaghetti soft
not here, space to change, won’t budge
even with a name, truth’s holding out
aboulia lacking tools to task, can’t ask
'til now, and even if it did, they show
knowing what’s fallacious never cures

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